Geospatial Modelling for Rural Electrification in the Global South

Geospatial Modelling for Rural Electrification in the Global South

Geospatial Modelling for Rural Electrification in the Global South

by Catherina Cader, Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

- PPRE guest lecture in summer term 2017 - 

Electrification rates in rural areas of Nigeria are still low in many regions. Geospatial methods allow a transparent option to elaborate different approaches to spatial electrification planning and may improve planning of electrification and implementation strategies. The high spatial resolution on village level is the first step for successful implementation of electrification plans, followed by an assessment of the status of electrification and a demand analysis. Building on that the economics of different electrification options can be evaluated and a least-cost rural electrification plan can be assigned. Geospatial analysis and visualization support decision making and provide options to track the progress of electrification efforts.


Catherina is an expert in geographical information systems (GIS) for rural electrification planning.

She holds university degrees in Environmental Management (Justus Liebig University Giessen) and in Geography (Philipps University Marburg). She worked as researcher from 2009 to 2010 at the University in Giessen doing research for data and data compilation regarding environmental management. In 2014 she was granted a three year scholarship of the Reiner Lemoine foundation to pursue her PhD in Geography at Justus Liebig University of Giessen.

In 2011 she joined the Reiner Lemoine Institut and acquired deep knowledge of planning structures and challenges of rural and remote regions by developing and applying GIS-based methodologies for rural electrification planning in developing countries. With her project work she aims at strengthening the knowledge of potentials and usage of renewable energies and analyses different electrification pathways critically. During field missions to rural Africa and by providing practical trainings on GIS capacities she experienced insightful stakeholder discussions leading to a better understanding of local energy access situations. Outcomes of these projects are analyzed scientifically and results are published in academic journals and Catherina enjoys presenting and discussing these on conferences.

She has extensive knowledge in using GIS and includes the spatial dimension to research frameworks of our projects. Another field of expertise is the application of open source software. Catherina gained work experience within missions to Myanmar, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tanzania.


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