Research interests

  • Smart grid technologies
  • low-carbon energy transition
  • socio-technical modelling


Dr Reihana (Sithy) Mohideen is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering undertaking research on socio-technical modelling and the low-carbon energy transition in developing countries. Her research analyses advanced technology trends in the low-carbon energy transition taking place in developing countries with specific applications to South Asia, as well as the opportunities to simultaneously leapfrog technology and social equity gaps. The breakthrough socio-technical modelling research that she is developing includes assessment of DER and microgrids to meet rural electrification needs in villages and in small towns with weak grid connections, incorporating advanced technology transfer and know-how into low-income communities to foster local economic development while also integrating measurable social inclusion criteria. These models are verified through test cases in the field, monitored over a multi-year period. She completed a BEng degree in electrical engineering at the University of Melbourne (1981), and finished her postdoctoral studies also at the University of Melbourne (2015) in renewable energy systems in Asia, researching the societal and gender implications for newly electrified rural communities in Nepal. She has worked as an international development specialist for more than ten years. She has been involved in the design of energy projects in South Asia, ranging from conventional hydropower, solar parks, solar-wind-micro hydro powered mini grids, as well as transmission and distribution systems. She is a member of IEEE Australia, the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology and Power and IEEE Power and Energy Society. She is actively involved in supporting community development NGOs working with women in urban and rural poor communities in Asia. Events Conference on Inclusive Community Energy Resilience in Bangladesh 23 April 2019 to 24 April 2019 Dhaka, Bangladesh This conference is aligned with ADB's initiative to integrate high-technology in projects and aims to introduce innovation; improve service delivery, efficiency, and productivity; address climate mitigation; enhance system resilience; and create market opportunities towards inclusive development. Session 2 Moderator: Power sector policy and planning - implications for poverty reduction and social inclusion Session

Recent publications

  1. Mohideen S. Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. ADB Working paper series No. 61. 2018. DOI: 10.22617/WPS179175-2
  2. Mohideen S, Evans R. Shaping Our Technological Futures. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2015, Vol. 34, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2015.2494379
  3. Mohideen S. Clean, Renewable Energy: Improving Womens' Lives in South Asia. IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2013, Vol. 32, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2013.2276641
  4. Mohideen S. Gender tool kit: Energy—Going beyond the meter. ADB publication. Asian Development Bank. 2012.
  5. Mohideen S. The implications of clean and renewable energy development for gender equality in poor communities in South Asia. 2012 IEEE Conference on Technology and Society in Asia. 2012. DOI: 10.1109/TSAsia.2012.6397976