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blueEnergy Executive Director, Mathias Craig accepted to the 2012-2013 Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Program

blueEnergy is pleased to announce that Co-Founder and Executive Director, Mathias Craig, has been selected for the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholar Program.

Mathias joins a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in the year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. The Fulbright NEXUS Program provides a platform for scholars from across the region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related topics: Science, Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Energy.

Mathias’ research will examine how the global target of universal energy access by 2030 established by the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative can be harmonized with local development priorities on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua to produce meaningful, desirable and sustainable results. He will examine local perspectives on energy access, the barriers to expanding energy access in this particularly challenging context and potential actions that could enable expansion of energy access while providing other desirable benefits. Mathias will also examine the interrelationships between communication networks, mobile payment systems and energy access as part of this study. Mathias will fundamentally seek to answer the question – can the global goal of universal energy access be implemented on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua in a way that supports local development priorities?  If so, how can this be done in the most cost-effective, low-carbon, economically stimulating manner?

Mathias’ research will take him to Bluefields, where he will spend three months working and researching. His wife, Lorelei and son, Damien, will join him. 
Mathias, Lorelei and Damien

For more information please check out the Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Blog.

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