Research, Communications and Information Technology Assistants

Guest Researcher

Peter Wiegand


Peter recently completed the first 'MSc in Carbon Finance' program at the University of Edinburgh Business School to go along with his MBA in Finance (University of Colorado) and twenty five+ years of varied business and research experience. His MSc dissertation analysed the headwinds facing commercial scale Carbon, Capture and Storage technology deployment efforts in the power sector. He offers a unique perspective that comes from years of living and working in diverse places including the US, Australia, and the UK. His professional experience includes serving as Controller for an environmental consultancy in the gas sector, Partner/Geologist in a multi-faceted engineering firm, Project Support work for CSIRO's Water and Resource Future themes, and Finance Director for an active and engaged local Chamber of Commerce in Colorado. He is a proponent of the 'silver buckshot' approach to meeting the challenge of anthropegenic climate change, and is looking forward to further exploring new business models and partnerships which could help lead the world to a low carbon future. Peter will be investigating partnership opportunities in North America.

Research Assistants

Ashton Whitcomb


Ashton is currently finishing an MA in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. His interest in sustainability and renewable energy stems from a semester living and learning at The Island School, a sustainable school and research center in the Bahamas, where he conducted shark population research. In high school he worked as a research assistant at the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, helping to build resource databases for climate and energy modeling programs. He is currently involved in the founding of a student-run sustainability journal, and is particularly interested in peak energy and the concept of energy return on investment.

Marieke Oteman


Marieke is a PhD candidate at the Radboud University Nijmegen, where she analyses institutional configurations in renewable energy policy. Her research focuses on the policy conditions that enable community owned decentralized renewable energy provision. She has a background in public administration, good governance, and political sciences. Her thesis research included an internship at the Australian National University in Canberra, where she studied solar power policy and decision making. Before joining the Nijmegen environmental policy research team, she worked in development aid as an advisor to local community projects in India. Her present job perfectly combines her interests in sustainability, community empowerment and academia.

Where Are They Now?

We would like to thank everyone who has collaborated with us in the past and has moved on to pastures new. Several of our recent interns have used their experience with us as a springboard into the field. They include:

Christina Mann - Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
Ciorstaidh Coustan - PNE Wind
Gemma Lawrence - Creative Carbon Scotland
Huw Thomas - National Grid
Michael Dray - SRE
Rebecca Reeve - Changeworks
Sarah Jones - Community Energy Scotland