Julia Tomei is a Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute whose broad research interests focus on the social and environmental dimensions of energy in the global South. She began her academic career as a natural scientist, receiving a BSc in Biology from the University of Leeds, before completing an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Her PhD, undertaken at University College London (UCL), investigated how European biofuel policy influenced the political ecology of biofuels in Guatemala, and the subsequent outcomes for national and local sustainable development. She is an experienced researcher having previously worked as a research assistant on a wide range of projects that have spanned sustainable consumption, public engagement with renewable energy, and the sustainability of bioenergy and hydrogen systems. She has published over a dozen journal articles and book chapters.