Dr Guillermo Ivan Pereira

Research Associate, Sustainable Energy Innovation

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Guillermo Ivan Pereira is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. He focuses on understanding power utilities adaptation in a rapidly changing electricity sector. His current project focuses on mapping how European power utilities invest in sustainable energy innovations and identifying the strategies they pursue to create and capture value from new technologies and services.

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University, Questrom School of Management


Visiting Research Fellow at the Electricity Sector Research Group, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Visiting Research Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management


Ph.D. Student Researcher at the Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra, University of Coimbra


Research Fellow at the Innovation and Product Development Department, VPS, Virtual Power Solutions


Innovation Developer at the R&D Department, ISA, Intelligent Sensing Anywhere


Research Networks and Beacons


  • Sustainable Energy Systems, Utilities, Smart Grids, Energy Policy, Business Model Innovation, Innovation Policy

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems, Thesis: Assessment of policy, technology, and business model adaptation for smart and sustainable electricity distribution, University of Coimbra (2014 - 2019)
  • Master of Science, Master’s in Energy for Sustainability, Energy Systems and Energy Policies, Thesis: Connecting energy efficiency progress and job creation potential, University of Coimbra (2012 - 2014)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor’s in Management, University of Coimbra (2009 - 2012)

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