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Marc Torra

Australian & Spanish


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from the University of Barcelona

Master’s degree in International Development from RMIT University

Contact details

Marc Torra is a part time Ph.D. Student at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. He combines his studies with his job as a development practitioner specialised in the financial and economic analysis of on-grid and off-grid renewable energy electrification projects in South countries.

PhD programme

Resources, Environment and Development

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Applying ecological economics to increase sustainability in off-grid electrification

Topic description

Marc is designing a conceptual framework for increasing the sustainability of off-grid electrification services in South countries. Many off-grid projects in the Global South fail within a few years because they lack the technical, institutional, social or economic sustainability that makes them financially viable. In turn, this causes a negative social and environmental impact on the electrified communities.

In his experience working as a renewable energy economist in the Global South since 2001, the main obstacles to sustainability in the power sector are: 1. the limitations of the existing approaches and methodologies to evaluate and enhance sustainability in all its dimensions, 2. the confluence of stakeholders with diverging interests.

He has noticed how the first obstacle does not allow to address uncertainty, while the second one impels agreement. The combination of both have made of the attainment of sustainable electrification in the Global South a wicked problem.

Marc’s research is focused on the application of ecological economics to develop a set of strategic approaches to address lack of sustainability in all its dimensions.


Torra, M, Barrios-Paez A, Gilmour, J 2019 Assessment Towards Sustainable Decentralised Renewable Energy through the RESCO model in Indonesia, Hivos South East Asia: Jakarta, Indonesia

Serrasolses, J, Arrieta, U, Martínez, A, Stagno, B, Coronas, A, Ordoñez, A, Torra, M, & Velinov, O 2013 Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Office Buildings in Tropical Climates, General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS): Washington, USA

Employment history

2021 Bolivia - Feasibility studies of a hybrid solar-diesel mini-grid for Guayaramerin- IADB
2021 Ethiopia - Feasibility studies for greening UNHCR infrastructure in Ethiopia- UNHCR
2020 Rwanda - Elaboration of feasibility studies for 30 mini-grids and a mini-grid rollout plan- AfDB
2020 Haiti - Developing a strategy for the electrification of 52 communities with solar mini-grids - WB, IADB
2020 Haiti - Investment in a 2 to 5 MW grid connected PV system with battery storage - WB, IADB
2019 Honduras - Evaluation of a power grid extension financed with concessional credit - Finnish Gov. 2019 Indonesia - Design of s strategy for an Insonesian RESCO platform - Hivos, MCC
2018/19 Suriname - Design a business model for electrifying maroon communities from the interior - IADB
2017 Colombia - Design a business model for electrifying 108 schools in Nariño province - IADB
2017/18 Sierra Leone - Regulatory Strengthening and Tariff Development - MCC
2017 Rwanda - Designing an evaluation framework for the distribution of a pico-solar - Embrace Solar
2015/16 Belize - Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policy and Mapping in Belize - EuropeAid
2015 Peru - Energy and Environment Partnership with the Andean Region - Finnish Gov.
2013/14 Guinea Bissau - Financial analysis of Bambadinca Sta Claro solar mini-grid - EuropeAid
2012 CARICOM Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Office Buildings in Tropical Climates - GiZ
2012 Pacific - Design a bottom-up community programme for 15 Pacific Countries - EuropeAid
2012 Jamaica - Design of a Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy in Jamaica - WB
2011 Kiribati - Prepare feasibility studies for $2.5 Million investment on PV generation - WB
2005/09 Pacific - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
2001/05 Kiribati - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
1998/99 Mexico - Logistics manager at 3 autocomponent manufacturing plants - Ficosa Internacional
1996/97 India - Investment promoter at the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi - ICEX
1995 Colombia - Design a collaboration program between the university and private sector - AECI
1993/94 Spain - Internal auditor at the Barcelona’s metro and bus company

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Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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