Kevin Johnstone

Senior researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, French (basic), Mongolian (intermediate), Sierra Leonean Krio (intermediate)

Kevin leads IIED’s work on productive uses of energy. He integrates energy as an enabling component with many others – such as gender equality and social inclusion, financing, supply chains, business acumen, and market access – to co-design and establish more resilience in livelihoods with communities, especially for women.

He also works with energy companies to reach different customers, developing more balanced and equitable value propositions that work within local economies.


Energy access; decentralised renewable energy systems; cleaner cooking; productive uses of energy; resilient livelihoods and value chains; off-grid technology.

Before IIED

Kevin lived and worked extensively in Mongolia, Iraq, Liberia and Sierra Leone, implementing projects that included components of energy access and policy, market development, food security, community engagement, education, and the environment and climate change.


  • Masters, international development, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, New York

Current work

Energy access enabling agriculture and poultry; energy and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI); resilience in livelihoods; cleaner cooking; energy finance; integrated energy planning in least developed countries; climate resilience and mitigation.