Dr Theresia Betty Sumarno

My research focuses on the energy transition and centres on economics, accounting and legislation for environmental sustainability. I have work experience from across the energy sector, working for international energy companies (CNOOC and Husky), global accountants and consultancies (EY) and international institutions (the Energy Charter Secretariat). Currently I am a researcher at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee where I finished my PhD in 2019. I am also a tutor at the University of St. Andrews (UK), and Visiting Lecturer at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Mozambique. My current research projects included exploring the energy transition in Indonesia and comparisons with other island nations around the world. I have other research projects ongoing with team members in Mozambique, Indonesia, Germany and the West Indies. I have presented my research globally around the world in Europa, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Africa and Asia. I have experience working with many different types of stakeholders, from international institutions, energy companies and also local stakeholders and this stakeholder analysis is another area of focus of mine. I utilise different methods in my research examining legislation (particularly on fiscal regimes) and also using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

One of the best decisions that I have ever made was to choose and apply my PhD at the CEPMLP (Centre). The Centre has given me lots of opportunities to grow. I started without knowing how to do a good research, and now I know what is a good research, and I know how to do a good research! The Centre and the PhD office have given me such great support that I have ever needed.

During my PhD, I have developed my engagement skills and being part of the Centre has even made it easier for me to be connected with people in different expertise.

Each year that I have spent at the Centre (UoD) has a highlight. My first year was memorable, and within 7 months my research paper has been accepted to be presented at the PhD Symposium at Robert Gordon University. That was something special to me as it was my first PhD presentation, and I was still a new comer. The second year, with the recommendation  from Professor Peter Cameron and Dr Ariel Bergmann, I was accepted at the Energy Charter Secretariat as a fellow researcher and be part of the main contributor of the report. I spent 4 months in Belgium, and 1 month doing a consultancy job from Dundee to finish the project. That was my first international work experience, and this experience has given me so much more confidence, that no matter where I am from, it is me that responsible to what I am getting and I am achieving.  My third year is even more wonderful to me. So many highlights this year! But the thing that I would say is the spark is that I was entrusted by Professor Peter Cameron to assist and host the Secretary General of OPEC, Mr Mohammad Barkindo and his team during their stay in Dundee for the Dundee Energy Forum. That was the best experience ever! Never thought that I could ever have met in person with him and his team. I always dreamt of being part of the Organisation, way before I went to the UK for my PhD.

My third year is the best I would say. I have done so many things, being a project leader for the UN project and be the correspondence for the UN Technical Staff to solve software problem,  leading student societies at the centre, doing a teaching assistant for the Module that I have the expertise on, going for 3 international conferences ( 2 International Conference for lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago and aInternational Conference on Public-Private Partnership in Hongkong by the UNCITRAL and Asian Academy of International Law & an International Conference for Energy Economist in Montreal, Canada), and being selected to attend the UKERC events amongst 80 applicants all over the UK & Ireland.

At the end of September 2019, I was given an opportunity to teach at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), in Maputo, Mozambique. I delivered a module on Supply Chain Management in the Energy Industry. In December 2019, I got invited back to the UEM to give a lecture on Project Development in the Energy Industry & Accounting. 

On the 30-31 October 2019, I was invited to give a talk at the 1st OPEC-OFID-ECS Annual Legal Workshop at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna.

Part of the success of my PhD is that I am grateful to have my personal supports, friends, family, and all expertise that have helped me to understand particular topics.

Very blessed to ever be part of the Centre, part of the Dundee community, part of the St.Andrews Parish member, and thank you to all of the people that never stop caring about me.