The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here:

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Jakob Hannerz

Department of Economic History

About me

My educational background is within financial economics and development economics. After graduation, I have been working for a short period within sustainable public procurement in Paris.

About my research project

My research project is about decentralised off-grid electrification solutions, with focus on the energy relevant region of sub-Saharan Africa. As an alternative to extending conventional on-grid electrical grids, I will evaluate decentralised electrification projects’ impact toward environmental and socioeconomic development.

My project is connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and mostly so related towards ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7), but also considering spill-over effects towards other SDGs.

With a background in development economics, my focus is twofold. First by evaluating the usage of satellite night-time light imagery as a tool for monitoring decentralised off-grid electrification projects’ success, and second, to assess a wide array of socioeconomic development following the electrification projects.