Shanil Samarakoon

School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Shanil is a human geographer with a research background in issues of energy justice associated with transitions to renewable energy– in Australia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently engaged in social research that examines the experiences of a range of stakeholders e.g. households and businesses, as they navigate the transition to a more renewable grid. He is particularly interested in how energy users understand and engage with energy systems e.g. solar home systems, and the issues of justice associated with them. He is also interested in the logics, motives and challenges underpinning corporate efforts to procure and promote renewable energy.  

Shanil is currently engaged in three CEEM projects: 

24/7 Truzero


Essential Energy Tariff Trial 




Title & place of publicationsort descending Author Research area Type Links Year
"Curtailment and network voltage analysis study,"2021 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia (ISGT Asia), 2021 Baran Yildiz , Dr Naomi Stringer , Sophie Adams , Shanil Samarakoon , Anna Bruce , Iain MacGill , Alistair B. Sproul Electricity Markets & Restructuring, Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation Journal Papers 2021
'Curtailment and Network Voltage Analysis Study (CANVAS)', Race for 2030, 2021 Baran Yildiz , Sophie Adams , Shanil Samarakoon , Dr Naomi Stringer , Anna Bruce , Iain MacGill Electricity Markets & Restructuring, Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation Reports and Working Papers 2021
Towards a repair research agenda for off-grid solar e-waste in the Global South Paul Munro , Shanil Samarakoon , Ulrich E. Hansen, Matthew Kearnes, Anna Bruce , Jamie Cross, Sarah Walker, Collen Zalengera Articles 2023
The right to repairable energy: A political ecology of off-grid solar repair in Zambia Paul Munro , Shanil Samarakoon , Matthew Kearnes, Courtney Paisley Articles 2023
Solar curtailment is emerging as a new challenge to overcome as Australia dashes for rooftop solar Baran Yildiz , Sophie Adams , Shanil Samarakoon , Dr Naomi Stringer Electricity Markets & Restructuring, Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation Media 2021
Off-Grid Electrical Urbanism: Emerging Solar Energy Geographies in Ordinary Cities Paul Munro , Shanil Samarakoon Electricity Markets & Restructuring Journal Papers 2022
Somewhat original: energy ethics in Malawi’s off-grid solar market Shanil Samarakoon , Anne Bartlett, Paul Munro Sustainability & general Journal Papers 2021
Energy Resilience in Bushfires and Extreme Weather Events Sophie Adams , Mike Roberts , Shanil Samarakoon , Ellie Kallmier, Michael Dillon, Alison Potter, Rachel Szczepaniak, Rob Passey , Anna Bruce , Declan Kuch , Dr Iain MacGill, Renate Egan Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation, Sustainability & general Reports and Working Papers 2023
The afterlives of off-grid solar: The dynamics of repair and e-waste in Malawi Shanil Samarakoon , Paul Munro , Collen Zalengera, Matthew Kearnes Sustainability & general Journal Papers 2022
The Afterlife of Solar Paul Munro , Shanil Samarakoon Large-scale Renewable Energy, Sustainability & general, Technology Assessments Media 2021