Pinar Majidova studies the energy transition in Azerbaijan to assess the potential shift from fossil fuels to renewables.
What is your background?
My journey began a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from The Academy of Public Administration. This foundation provided me with a comprehensive understanding of economics, statistics, finance, and management. I then ventured to the UK to broaden my horizon and completed my Master of Science in International Business and Management from The University of Manchester. My thesis on the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives on Business Performance in Emerging Markets cemented my interest in sustainable development. I am currently finalizing my PhD in Human Geography from the University of Aberdeen, which focuses on the energy transitions in Azerbaijan, a country historically reliant on fossil fuels. My diverse academic experiences, coupled with various roles spanning risk management to academic teaching, have given me a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable energy transitions.
What is your research about?
My PhD research is centered on understanding Azerbaijan's potential to shift from its dominant fossil fuel industry to renewable sources of energy. Titled "Energy Transition in Azerbaijan: Assessing the Shift from Fossil Fuels to Renewables," this study delves deep into the intricate web of economic, political, institutional, and socio-cultural elements influencing the nation's energy landscape. I place particular emphasis on understanding the historical influences shaping the present-day energy system. Through my research, I aim to provide insights not only beneficial to Azerbaijan but also to other countries navigating the complexities of transitioning from indigenous fossil fuel production to renewable energies.
What was the best experience during your PhD?
Navigating the vast landscape of Human Geography has been a transformative experience. However, if I were to pinpoint one standout moment, it would be the multidisciplinary collaborations and engagements that my research has facilitated. Presenting my findings at various international conferences, such as the "Just Transitions Conference" in Katowice, Poland, and co-organising the 7th NEST Conference in Lyon, France, were truly enriching experiences. They allowed me to interact with global experts, garner diverse perspectives, and refine my research methodologies. Additionally, the supportive academic community at the University of Aberdeen has been instrumental in fostering a conducive environment for innovative thinking, pushing me to explore uncharted territories and contribute meaningfully to the realm of sustainable energy transitions.