Maria Movsessian
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Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Maria Mercedes Movsessian


Juniorprofessur für Energiemanagement in Entwicklungsländern


Building: 1050

Room: 004

Templergraben 64

52062 Aachen



Maria Movsessian joined the School of Business and Economics in August 2022 as Professor for Energy Management in Developing Countries.  Professor Movsessian gained her doctoral degree at Flensburg’s Europa-Universität (EUF) on a Reiner Lemoine Foundation scholarship. Subsequently, she worked as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh in the Policy and Innovation Group, which focuses on techno-economic and socio-ecological analyses of innovative offshore technologies for renewable energy systems. Before coming to RWTH Aachen University, Professor Movsessian coordinated the Master’s degree program “Energy and Environmental Management – Developing Countries” at the Europa-Universität in Flensburg.

Professor Movsessian’s research and teaching addresses 100% renewable energy systems, energy justice, and energy democracy. She is particularly involved in exploring potential synergies between the different energy sectors by using a smart energy systems approach. This approach is intended to facilitate a fair energy transition and the achieving of sustainable development goals in the Global South.

Research Interests

  • System integration und system simulation
  • 100% renewable energy systems
  • Techno-economic analysis of energy systems
  •  Energy justice and energy democracy
  •  Socio-technical energy transition in developing countries


Selected Publications

  • Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M., Pennock, S., Bloise-Thomaz, T., Jeffrey, H., & Dickson, M. J. (2022). Beyond LCOE: A multi-criteria evaluation framework for offshore renewable energy projects . In   Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 161, 112307 .
  • Pennock, S., Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M., Bloise-Thomaz, T., Jeffrey, H., & Dickson, M. J. (2022). Life cycle assessment of a point-absorber wave energy array. In Renewable Energy, 190, 1078-1088.
  • Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M. (2021). Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development: Reviewing the Nicaraguan Energy Transition, Its Challenges and Opportunities. Shaker Verlag.
  • OES (2020), Ocean Energy in Islands and Remote Coastal Areas: Opportunities and Challenges. IEA Technology Collaboration Programme for Ocean Energy Systems,
  • Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M. (2020). Of renewable energy, energy democracy, and sustainable development: A roadmap to accelerate the energy transition in developing countries. In Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101716.
  • Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M. (2019). Decarbonizing the transport sector: The Promethean responsibility of Nicaragua. In Journal of E nvironmental M anagement, 245, 311-321.
  • Vanegas-Cantarero, M. M. (2018). Reviewing the Nicaraguan transition to a renewable energy system: Why is “business-as-usual” no longer an option?. In Energy P olicy, 120, 580-592.