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.

Chair; recent workshops & conferences; blogs

Smart grid technologies and implications for inclusive development in Sri Lanka.
3–4, April 2018. Galle, Sri Lanka

Second Lateral Learning Program on Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development 2–6 October 2017. University of Melbourne, Australia.

Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development. 19–20 April, 2017. Bhopal. India.

Deep Dive Lateral Learning Program on Inclusive Energy Solutions. 29 August–2 September, 2016. University of Melbourne, Australia

Sub-regional Conference: Going Beyond the Meter: Inclusive Energy Solutions in South Asia. 11-12 April 2016. Jaipur, India.

Mohideen R. The power of energy to transform gender relations, Special Contributor, Asian Development Blog, Asian Development Bank. 2013

Mohideen R, Tornieri F, Thompson M. Meet the energy “prosumer”. Asian Development Blog, Asian Development Bank. 2017

Recent publications

  1. 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