Velma Mukoro is a PhD researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Her research focuses on life cycle assessments and cost-efficiency analyses of renewable energy business models.
Velma has a background in renewable energy and environmental science. She has professional experience in off-grid renewable energy in developing countries, working on areas such as policy and strategy, monitoring and evaluation, supporting pilot projects, capacity building, feasibility studies, and knowledge management. Velma has worked as an advisor for a project called 'Promotion of solar-hybrid mini-grids' (ProSolar) which is implemented in Kenya by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Through the project, Velma has contributed to the development of key documents such as the Kenya (Energy) Mini-Grid Regulations, 2017 and has overseen several research projects on the socioeconomic impact assessment of mini-grids in communities that are beyond the grid.