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Stephanie Hirmer

Stephanie Hirmer [BEng, MPhil] has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2010) from the University of Warwick and has completed the Centre’s MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development in July 2013. She joined the Centre in January 2013 to commence her research on the user-perceived value of rural electrification projects in East Africa, for more information on her research please visit

Prior to coming to Cambridge Stephanie worked as a consultant for the German Development Agency in Uganda and Germany. During this time Stephanie designed and implemented community-run hydropower schemes and worked on an up-scaling strategy for pico-hydropower. She also worked on projects to facilitate the sustainable distribution of solar lanterns.  Stephanie is a winner of the McKinsey Innovate 2012 competition. The team of four developed a business model to help subsistence farmers in Mexico to increase produce and reach the market using local technologies.

Stephanie’s research is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award and Qualcomm European Research Studentships in Technology.


She is a member of Sidney Sussex College.

Email: sah93 @