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The Global Energy Transitions, Extractive Industries’ Governance and Management (Uganda)

NEM is collaborating with IPSK to deliver the Global Energy Transition course in Uganda

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About your facilitators




Victoria is a lawyer and an Energy and Mining expert, with extensive experience working on various projects in the different parts of the Globe. She is a holder of a PhD in International Energy Law and Policy (Dundee, UK). Victoria is the Founder of a charity NGO, the African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative. She is the CEO and lead consultant at Nalule Energy & Minerals Consultants. She is also an Energy & Natural Resources Law Lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK.

Victoria is enthusiastic about energy arbitration & dispute resolution. As such, she is an Energy Arbitrator at the Energy Disputes Arbitration Center (EDAC), Turkey. She is a committee member at the International Law Association (ILA): and at Access for Women in Energy.

Victoria is an author and has widely published on topics relating to oil, gas, renewable energy, climate change, mining and International Arbitration. Her latest five books covering energy, mining, land access and Extractives, energy arbitration, and negotiation in Extractives.

Victoria offers extensive experience in the Energy and Mining sectors having worked with various institutions; regional and international organizations including assignments for The Queen Mary University of London (EU Energy Project); The International Energy Charter Secretariat in Belgium; The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in New York; the East African Community Secretariat in Tanzania; the Southern African Development Community Secretariat in Botswana; International Arbitration Case Law in New York; Uganda Christian University; to mention but a few. She has also worked with both the private and public legal sectors.

She has presented as a speaker and panellist in several forums and conferences. She has also advised African governments on oil, gas and mining projects including training officials from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company: leading a capacity building training for an international NGO OXFAM: appearing as an expert witness before the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters in Uganda; presenting comments on the South African Petroleum Bill before the country’s Policy Makers; leading a team of energy experts in reviewing Energy/Mining laws and policies for countries such as Namibia, Ethiopia, Uganda etc.

Victoria has an active YouTube Channel and Podcast both focused on energy and mining discussions. She is one of the few people who got her PhD in less than 3 years below the age of 30 years. For more, visit

Flavio Inocencio, PhD


Flávio G. I. Inocêncio is a Consultant and a Lecturer in Law. He has a PhD in Law from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom in 2011 and a law degree from Nova  School of Law, Lisbon in 2005. He has worked for several public and private institutions in Angola and abroad, including the Angolan Investment Promotion Agency and different Law firms.

He was Director of the LLM in Oil and Gas Law at the Coventry University from 2016 to 2018 and is a Professor at the Faculty of Law of Nova School of Law in Lisbon. He has several published works, including two books and the most recent has the title: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries: The case of Angola.

Raphael Heffron, PhD


Raphael Heffron is a Professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. As of July 2019, he is also a Jean Monnet Professor in the Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy awarded by the European Commission. He is also Senior Counsel at the law firm Janson in Brussels (Belgium). Professor Heffron is a qualified Barrister-at-Law, and a graduate of both Oxford (MSc) and Cambridge (MPhil & PhD). All his work has a principal focus on achieving a just transition to a low-carbon economy and combines a mix of energy law, policy and economics. He has published over 140 publications of different types and is the most cited scholar in his field worldwide (1150+Scopus). Professor Heffron has given just over 125 keynote or guest lectures in 44 countries worldwide.

Raphael was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2018. His research and teaching has been recognised by the award of a Jean Monnet Professorship by the European Commission twice in 2016 (-2019) and 2019 (-2022). His teaching has also been recognised in the UK by becoming a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition, Raphael is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

He is a reviewer for the next IPCC Report. Raphael is on the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review, the Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review and is Consulting Editor of the current Halsbury’s Laws of England volumes on Energy Law (the leading practitioner energy law series). Raphael is also co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press Handbook for International Energy Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Edinburgh University Press journal Global Energy Law & Sustainability.

Raphael is currently or has been in the past the following positions: the Co-Chair of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association; Visiting Professor in Energy Law at the International Hellenic University (Greece); an Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge (current); a Visiting Professor at Paris-Dauphine University (Paris, France – current), Queen Mary University of London (UK – current), the University of West Indies (Trinidad-based), Javeriana University (Colombia) and University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique – current); a Visiting Lecturer at the ESCP Business School (London and Paris); and a Visiting Scholar at MIT (US), University of Sydney (Australia), University Of Texas at Austin (US) and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (UK).

Raphael read for his PhD at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is also a trained Barrister-at-Law and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil-Darwin, PhD-Trinity Hall), the University of Oxford (Christ Church) (MSc) the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA).


Raphael’s energy research has involved funding from UK national research councils (the ESRC and the EPSRC), the EU and currently through the European Commission Jean Monnet Professorship 2019-2022, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and ERA-ACTOM. He has given professional expert advice on energy law and policy issues (low-carbon energy and electricity systems) to the EU, UN, Commonwealth Secretariat, World Bank, and various international thinktanks – he currently serves on the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems. More recently, he has performed due diligence on low carbon energy projects for the 10 Member States of the ASEAN Center for Energy; produced a law and policy report on the energy transition for the 54 Member States of the Commonwealth, advised Nigerian Ministries on oil and gas law and Colombian professionals on climate and green finance.

Dr. Geoffrey Woods


Geoff is a Lecturer in Environmental Law at the School of Law, University of Stirling, a Researcher in Global Energy Transitions at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning,
University of Dundee, and Guest Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Governance at Glasgow Caledonian University. He holds a PhD in low carbon energy governance and optimizing deployment from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) and an MSc in renewable energy and environmental modelling from the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, both from the University of Dundee, and a BSc (Hons) in Ecological Geography and Conservation from Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge.

An interdisciplinary energy and environmental law, policy and governance specialist, his research and teaching focuses on energy transitions law, investigating the development of legal and governance frameworks to optimise sustainable energy and environmental policy delivery
in terms of environmental, social, economic, political and technological outcomes. Research
interests include energy law and governance pertaining to renewable energy, low carbon energy and fossil fuels (including unconventional hydrocarbons and CCS), sustainable and just energy
system transitions, the role of public participation and engagement (e.g. in terms of decision making, access to information, ownership, risk management, planning); understanding new 12 models of government-stakeholder partnerships in energy and environmental governance,
multi-level governance, devolution and constitutional law, energy storage, hydrogen, systems theory, sustainable development and climate change law and policy.


Geoff has published extensively on energy and environmental issues, with over 40 articles, books, book chapters and other publications. In addition to publishing three books: The Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions (2019), A Critical review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy (2017) and Renewable Energy Policy in Scotland (2010), he is co-editing 5 books: ‘low carbon energy transitions in Latin America’ (Palgrave, 2021), ‘future research agendas in energy’ (Edward Elgar, 2021), ‘social license to operate and energy transitions’ (Palgrave, 2021), ‘zero carbon energy systems and energy transitions’ (Palgrave, 2022) and ‘energy poverty and energy transitions’ (Palgrave, 2023).

Recent research includes investigating global energy poverty, exploring the impact of austerity
on environmental decision making in Scotland, a critical analysis of policy risk and politics on
low carbon energy deployment in the UK and Scotland, the role of definitions in renewable and low carbon energy governance, and a case study approach to the governance of shale gas. In addition to academia, Geoff is Series Editor of the major new Palgrave Studies in Energy Transitions handbook series (forthcoming, Palgrave 2021), Co-Series Editor for the ‘Energy,
Climate and Environment’ book series (Palgrave), and Editor-in-Chief for the ‘Encyclopedia of
Renewable and Low carbon Energy’ (forthcoming, Palgrave). He is also the founder and
Director of Academic Proofreading and Editing Solutions.

Previously Geoff has been a Lecturer in International Energy Law and Policy at Stirling University Law School (2014-2020), and a researcher, research fellow and independent consultant for various organisations including University of Stirling, University of Dundee, CEPMLP, Extractives Hub, Offshore Renewable Institute, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Government. Further, he is a member of the Energy Poverty Research initiative (EPRi), an independent organisation launched in 2017 as a step towards establishing a Scottish cross-sector centre for excellence in energy poverty research.

Geoff teaches Climate change and carbon management; Downstream energy law and policy; Energy and climate change; Energy law and policy; Environmental law; International law and sustainable development; Introduction to renewable energy technology; Low carbon energy 13
law; Marine Energy; Planning law; Regulating social corporate responsibility; Research methods; and Sustainability.


The world is transitioning to a low carbon economy, and yet some extractive resources, including critical minerals and natural gas, are becoming crucial in this energy transition era. Additionally, both the developed and developing countries’ energy needs and challenges do raise concern on how we can ensure economic development and at the same time tackle the challenge of energy poverty and access. Questions relating to the trilemma between energy access, economic development and climate change are the drivers behind this course. Holistic questions and solutions are vital in ensuring that governments, practitioners, investors and relevant stakeholders in both the Global North and Global South clearly understand the key aspects surrounding energy transition and extractive industries development. Fossil fuels, including oil, gas, and coal, are still significant in various resource-rich countries, especially those in the developing world.


Additionally, revenues from these resources can be used to finance renewable energy projects. Furthermore, the mining sector has increasingly become important, given the crucial role of critical minerals in the energy transition. So, how do we strike a balance concerning extractive resources management and energy transitions? What is the role of governments and energy companies? Do private institutions and public institutions have a role to play? How can countries develop their economies without damaging the planet? What about societal and environmental concerns associated with both fossil fuels and renewable energy? How do we explain the practical impact of growing concepts, including energy transitions, energy progression, energy justice, energy transformation and a just transition to a low carbon economy?


This 12-week course aims to address all the above questions. Delivered by renowned international energy experts, the course will provide our participants with crucial issues regarding managing the decline of fossil fuel investments in this energy transition era. They will understand the political, legal, social and economic aspects relating to natural resources governance. They will appreciate the dynamic and interwoven facets of extractive industries; renewable energy development, energy sustainability, energy transitions, energy justice, energy progression and transformation.

The purpose of the course is to provide practical and interdisciplinary insight and expertise on the critical issues of striking a balance between extractive industries management and governance in this energy transition era.

Who Should Study This Course?

• Government officials and policymakers interested in natural resources management and governance
• Practitioners involved in sustainable development.
• Graduate students and undergraduate students interested in the energy, mining and environmental sectors.
• Climate change activists as well as NGO officials.
• Practitioners in the oil, gas, energy, mining and environmental fields