Energy is crucial as a catalyst for the economic development of a Nation. The primary purpose of the Department of Energy Science and Technology (DEST) is to provide a learning environment in which staff and students can learn, research, innovate and transmit the knowledge through technologies that will help improve energy use, development, production, conversion and management of nonrenewable fuels and renewable energy for a transformational and sustainable development. The Department spearheads capacity building through trainings at PhD, Masters, Bachelors, Diploma, Certificate, Skilling, workshops, short courses, R&D and innovations to foster energy efficiency and transitions, fossil fuels management, energy development and sustainability.

With exponential population growth rates, increased carbon emissions, oil demand peaks and growing energy demands, there is need for work force diversity, technological change and knowledgeable expertise to mitigating the energy challenge of increased population and energy demand and securing a comfortable and healthy livelihood as duly acknowledged in the National Development Plan III programs on sustainable energy and petroleum development, and UN’s 7th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on affordable and clean energy.

Some of the course units offered under DEST

  • Energy governance
  • Energy systems analysis
  • Geopolitics of energy
  • Energy logistics and supply chain management
  • Energy Regulation and Governance
  • Sustainable Energy Transitions
  • Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Energy Risk Management
  • Energy Resources
  • Global Energy Governance
  • Energy Economics Modeling
  • Gender Responsiveness in Energy Governance
  • Energy Infrastructure Finance
  • Wind & Hydro Energy
  • Biomass energy
  • Solar energy
  • List of Scientific staff

Dr. Ruth Atuhaire, PhD
Dr. Ruth Atuhaire, PhDHead of Department and Lecturer
Ruth Atuhaire attained her Bachelor of Statistics (2006), Master of Statistics (2012) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at Makerere University in Uganda. Ruth is passionate about Data management, Modeling and Analysis. She recommends empirical evidence based informed decisions in project and business planning and management.

She has over 12 years of experience in research and teaching from different Universities such as Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Makerere University Business School in Uganda. Ruth has published academic articles in quality scientific journals on modeling, energy efficiency and pupolation studies. She has written a book on quantitative methods for managers.

Currently, she is the Head of Department, Energy Science and Technology under the Faculty of Economics, Energy and Management Science at Makerere University Business School, where capacity building, training, skiling and enabling the future of clients is top-notch.

  • Research Areas

    • Services utilization modelling
    • Energy consumption and efficiency
    • Spatial differentials in accessibility
  • Teaching

    • EEG 721-Econometrics
    • MBA 7106-Statistics for Business Decision Making
    • PEG 9213-Gender in Energy Governance
  • Selected publications

    • Watundu, S., Senyonga, L., Atuhaire, R., Ashaba, C., Kyasiimire, B., Asiimwe, A., Nkurunziza, G. & Bergland, O. (2021) Drivers of Energy Efficiency among households using grid electricity in Kampala, Uganda. ORSEA Journal Vol. 11(2.) 2021 pp 85-105.
    • Atuhaire, R., Atuhaire, L. K., Wamala, R., & Nansubuga, E. (2020). Interrelationships between early antenatal care, health facility delivery and early postnatal care among women in Uganda: a structural equation analysis. Global Health Action, 13(1), 1830463.
    • Atuhaire, R., Atuhaire, L. K., Wamala, R., & Nansubuga, E. (2021) Regional Differentials in Early Antenatal Care, Health Facility Delivery and Early Postnatal Care among Women in Uganda. Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies (ISSN: 2220-6140) Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 17-30
    • Atuhaire, R., Kaberuka, W., & Ainomugisha, S. (2016). A time series analysis on the impact of Foreign Direct Investment inflows on Economic growth in Uganda.  International Journal of Social science and Economic Research, Vol. I(5),IJSSER,pp. 577-597, July 2016.
    • Atuhaire, R.,& Kaberuka, W. (2015). Factors contributing to Maternal Mortality in Uganda. African Journal of Economic Review, Volume IV,Issue2, July 2016

    More on her publications: ResearchGate; Google scholar

Professor Sam Adaramola, PhD
Professor Sam Adaramola, PhDProfessor
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  • Research Areas

    • Energy resources assessment
    • Socio-economic of energy systems
    • Energy system analysis
  • Teaching

    • MEG714-Energy Resources
    • PEG9123-Energy Economics Modeling
    • PEG9215-Solar Energy
    • PEG9217-Wind and Hydro power
  • Selected publications

    • Benard M. Wabukala, Olvar Bergland, Nichodemus Rudaheranwa, Susan Watundu, Muyiwa S. Adaramola, Muhammed Ngoma, Ambrose A. Rwaheru. Unbundling barriers to electricity security in Uganda: A review. Energy Strategy Reviews (Accepted on 18 October 2022); Source:
    • Sylvia Manjeri Aarakit, Joseph M Ntayi, Francis Wasswa, Faisal Buyinza, Muyiwa S Adaramola, Vincent F Ssennono (2022). The role of financial inclusion in adoption of solar photovoltaic systems: A case of Uganda. Renewable Energy (198), 984-998
    • Sylvia M. Aarakit, Joseph M. Ntayi, Francis Wasswa, Muyiwa S. Adaramola and Vincent F. Ssennono (2021). Adoption of solar photovoltaic systems in households: Evidence from Uganda. Journal of Cleaner Production 329(2):129619
    • Benard M Wabukala, Jacob Otim, Geoffrey Mubiinzi, and Muyiwa S Adaramola (2021). Assessing wind energy development in Uganda: Opportunities and challenges. Wind Engineering 45(6); 1714-1732. doi:10.1177/0309524X20985768
    • Elasu, J., Kimuli, B.R. and Adaramola, M.S. (2022), “Cooking fuel choices of households in urban areas in Uganda: a multinomial probit regression analysis”, International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation 40(2), 283-298.

    More on his publications: ResearchGate; Google scholar

Dr. Livingstone Sseyonga, PhD
Dr. Livingstone Sseyonga, PhDLecturer
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Dr. Nicholas Mukisa, PhD
Dr. Nicholas Mukisa, PhDLecturer
Nicholas Mukisa attained his Bachelors of Science with Education at Mbarara University of Science and Technology – MUST in Uganda, Diploma in Project Management at Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online – ALISON based in Ireland, Masters of Science in Energy Engineering at Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) – PAUWES in Algeria, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Renewable Energy at Auckland University of Technology – AUT, New Zealand.

Nicholas was a Research Affiliate at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2016 as well as at the Institute of Technologies and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Germany in 2015. He has over 8 years of experience in research and teaching from institutions such as Mountains of the Moon University – MMU in Uganda, Uganda Industrial Research Institute – UIRI in Uganda and Auckland University of Technology – AUT in New Zealand. Nicholas has published several academic articles on Energy in high quality scientific journals. Currently, he also serves as the Deputy National Coordinator for the National Renewable Energy Platform (NREP) at the Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD).

  • Research Areas

    • Solar Photovoltaic systems
    • Biomass assessment and utilization
    • Energy value chain emissions assessment
    • Rural electrification
    • Sustainable livelihood impact assessment
  • Teaching

    PEG9216: Biomass Energy

  • Selected publications

    • Nicholas Mukisa, Mele Sikimeti Manitisa, Paul Nduhuura, Erick Tugume, Chanda Karen Chalwe, “Solar home systems adoption in Sub-Saharan African countries: Household economic and environmental benefits assessment,” Renewable Energy. 189, pp 836-852, 2022,
    • Nicholas Mukisa, and R. Zamora, “Optimal tilt angle for solar photovoltaic modules on pitched rooftops: A case of low latitude equatorial region,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments. 50, pp 101821, 2022.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. Lie, ” Multi criteria analysis of alternative energy technologies based on their predicted impact on community sustainable livelihoods capitals: A case of Uganda,” Renewable Energy. 182, pp. 1103-1125, 2022.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. Lie, “Diffusion forecast for grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic technology under store-on grid scheme model in Sub-Saharan Africa: Government role assessment” Renewable Energy. 180, pp. 516-535, 2021.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. Tjing Lie, “Viability of the store-on grid scheme model for grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in sub-Saharan African countries,” Renewable Energy. 178, pp. 845-862, 2021.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, T. Tjing Lie, X. Wu, and G. Chen, “Multi criteria analysis ranking of solar photovoltaic modules manufacturing countries by an importing country: A case of Uganda,” Solar Energy, 223, pp. 326-345, 2021.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. Tjing Lie, “Store-on grid scheme model for grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems for industrial sector application: Benefits analysis,” Renewable Energy, 171, pp. 1257-1275, 2021.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. T. Lie, “Assessment of community sustainable livelihoods capitals for the implementation of alternative energy technologies in Uganda–Africa,” Renewable Energy, 160, pp. 886-902, 2020.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. Tjing Lie, “Store-on grid scheme model for grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems for industrial sector application: Costs analysis,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 41, p. 100797, 2020.
    • Nicholas Mukisa, R. Zamora, and T. T. Lie, “Feasibility assessment of grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic systems for industrial sector application in Uganda,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 32, pp. 83-91, 2019.

    More on his publications: ResearchGate; Google scholar

Mr. Paul Nduhuura
Mr. Paul NduhuuraLecturer
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  • Research Areas

    • Water-Energy-Food-Climate nexus
    • Energy system resilience assessment
    • (Bio)chemical energy conversion
    • Green hydrogen
    • Energy technology innovation and digitalization
  • Teaching

    • Applied Quantitative Analysis- MEPM
  • Selected publications

    • Mukisa, Nicholas, Manitisa, Mele S., Nduhuura, Paul, Tugume, Erick and Chalwe, Chanda K. (2022). Solar home systems adoption in Sub-Saharan African countries: Household economic and environmental benefits assessment. Renewable Energy, 189, 836-852
    • Osiru, Moses, Nguku, Everlyn, Nyagah, Bonface, Oremo, Caroline, Tambo, Erick G., Cheo, Emmanuel A., Koli, Margaret, Nduhuura, Paul, Garnier, Esthere, Giraud, Grégory, Brulé, Gaëlle, Mambrini, Muriel, Stevenette, Edward, Houdebine, Leo and Mainguy, Gaell (2022). PhD programs in Africa: The Arrows, the Targets, and the Archers. UNESCO.
    • Nduhuura, Paul, Garschagen, Matthias and Zerga, Abdellatif (2021). Impacts of Electricity Outages in Urban Households in Developing Countries: A Case of Accra, Ghana. Energies, 14(12), 1-26
    • Nduhuura, Paul, Garschagen, Matthias and Zerga, Abdellatif (2020). Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Electricity Load Shedding Experiences: A Case Study of Communities in Accra, Ghana. Energies, 13(4280), 1-26
    • Nduhuura, Paul and Zerga, Abdellatif and Garschagen, Matthias (2018). Power Outages in Africa – An Assessment Based on Regional Power Pools (July 11, 2018). Presented at the PAUWES Research-2-Practice Forum on July 11, 2018 (Available at: or

    More on his publications: ResearchGate

Mr. Benard M Wakubala
Mr. Benard M WakubalaLecturer
An Economist and Lecturer of Development Economics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics, at the Department of Economics, Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Kampala, Uganda. Research interests are: Energy Economics; Energy Planning; Energy Security; Energy Markets; Impact Assessment; Policy Analysis; Regional Economics. Conversant with Uganda’s socio-economic and policy space. Hands-on experience in energy planning and modelling using Open Source energy MOdelling SYStem (OSeMOSYS), Model of Analysis of Energy Demand (MAED), and Macroeconometric top-down approaches. Benard was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the College of Business and Public Administration, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, USA: taught a course on “Economic Growth in Africa’s Emerging Economies” He worked as an Associate Economist at the UNDP Uganda Country Office. Experience in working with local and international partners, including; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Uganda), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Uganda), Overseas Development Institute (United Kingdom), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), Drake University (USA).
Joseph Elasu
Joseph ElasuAssistant Lecturer
Joseph Elasu is currently a PhD candidate of Energy Economics and Governance in Makerere University Business School. He holds Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from Makerere University and Bachelor of Business Administration and Management (Finance & Accounting option) from Uganda Martyrs’ University as well as Diploma in Procurement and Logistics Management from Multitech Business School and GIII Teachers Certificate from Kyambogo university.

Joseph has been involved in teaching and research for the past 15 years (privileged to have taught right from the primary, secondary , tertiary and university level).

  • Research Areas 

    • Energy transition
    • Gender and energy
    • Energy consumption and climate change
    • Energy financing
  • Teaching

    • FIN2105 Managerial Economics
    • MEG714-Energy Resources
    • Business Economics
  • Selected publications

    • Elasu, J., Kimuli, B.R. and Adaramola, M.S. (2022), “Cooking fuel choices of households in urban areas in Uganda: a multinomial probit regression analysis”, International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation 40(2), 283-298.
    • Walugembe A, Ntayi J, Olupot C and Elasu J (2022) Adaptive behaviors in educational institutions before and after COVID-19: A systematic literature review. Front. Psychol.
    • Elasu, J., Ntayi J., Adaramola, M.S. and Buyiza F.  “Drivers and conceptualisation of household energy transition in Uganda: A systematic review of evidence”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition.  (Under review).
    • Elasu, J., Ntayi J., Adaramola, M.S. and Buyiza F.  “Gender Differences in Household Fuel Transition Decision-Making: Implications for Education and Training in Uganda “, Front. Sustainable consumption (Under review).

    More on his publications: ResearchGate

Mr. Samuel Kusasira
Mr. Samuel KusasiraAssistant Lecturer
Samuel has worked at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) since December 2016. At the time of his transfer to the Energy Sciences and Technology Department, he was an assistant lecturer in the Management Science Department.

Samuel Kusasira pioneered Climate Change action advocacy at Makerere University Business School. He founded the Greenlyf Network, an association that works with universities to mentor, and engage students and young professionals into climate change action agents in Uganda. He has 4 years of climate change knowledge sharing, research and advocacy. He is member of the international association for energy economics (IAEE) and alumnus of the Global University Climate Forum hosted at Pennsylvania University USA.

Samuel is a PhD Candidate of Energy Economics, holds a Master of Energy Economics and Governance, Bachelor of Business Statistics from Makerere University. He is certified carbon literate by Carbon Literacy Trust-UK, and he is a trained child advocate and servant leader by Compassion International’s Leadership Development Pr

  • Research Areas

    • Energy and carbon emissions nexus.
    • Energy supply potential of bamboo forestry in Uganda
    • Climate change capacity building for professionals and non-professionals
  • Teaching

    • Business Research Skills
    • Business Statistics
    • Applied Quantitative Analysis
  • Selected publications

    • Muwanga, robert and Ssekakubo, Johnson and Kusasira, Samuel, Examining Public Attitudes Influencing Behavioural Intentions to Adopt Solar Energy Technologies (Sets) in Uganda. Available at SSRN: or
    • Time series Analysis of socio-economic determinants of carbon emissions in Uganda (1988-2018)-Under Review.
Mr. Juma Tamukedde
Mr. Juma TamukeddeAssistant Lecturer
A hard-working, responsible, enthusiastic and determined problem solver, professional who strives to achieve the best in various energy disciplines both renewable and non-renewable. I come along with excellent capacity building skills including training and mentoring; use of quality improvement tools and implementing inventions and research in resource-limited settings. A result driven, as well as people oriented, self-motivated and with positive attitude for knowledge and research, with ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximize organizational performance and efficiency.

Seasoned petroleum downstream (marketing and distribution) professional with 6+ years’ experience specializing in Oil and Gas trading for domestic markets. Succeeded in restructuring operations, ensuring quality and quantity standards compliance involving oil and gas marketed products (Gasoline, Gasoil, Kerosene, Lubricants and LPG) which led to increase in sales volumes and streamlined distribution channels to stakeholders involved.

In addition, Mr Tamukedde is an Executive Member Technical committee of Standards (UNBS-MEMD) Uganda

  • Education

    • Bachelors in Petroleum Geoscience and Production
    • Masters in Energy Economics and Governance
  • Research Areas

    • Oil & Gas Energy
    • Solar energy
    • Hydrogen energy
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Energy Storage and conversion
  • Teaching interests

    • EEEG 724: Energy and Engineering Economics
    • EEG 813: Energy Regulations and Governance
    • EEG 716: Energy Risk Management
    • EEG 727: Energy Logistics and Supply chain Management
    • Oil & Gas policy and law
    • Petroleum data management
    • Oil and gas Regulation
  • Selected Publications

    • Fuel Crisis in Uganda, mitigation measures put in place [ published in the Supply Chain Network Uganda News letter Jan 24, 2022].
    • Neighbourhood effect and adoption of solar PV in Uganda: The moderating effect of social networks [Completed Manuscript]
Mr. Magara Siragi Luyima
Mr. Magara Siragi LuyimaPart-time Lecturer
Magara Siragi is an Energy and Natural Resource Economist, Researcher and Policy analyst with 10 years’ experience in extractives governance, budget advocacy, project management, teaching as well as policy analysis. He holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management-EPM (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics bias) from Makerere University, and Bachelors Degree in Education (Economics and Geography), Magara is also PhD candidate of Energy Economics and Governance at Makerere University. Magara is currently a CSO representative to the Multi-stakeholder Group of EITI in Uganda. Magara is currently working as the Energy and Extractive Industries Coordinator at Oxfam in Uganda.
  • Research Areas

    • Energy Resources
    • Energy transition and critical minerals
    • Climate finance
    • Public Finance
    • Natural Resource Management/Economics
    • Environmental Economics
    • Oil and Gas Revenue Management
    • Mineral and oil fiscal regimes
    • Mineral and energy policy
    • Extractive industry governance
  • Teaching

  • Selected publications

    • Paul Bagabo | Onesmus Mugyenyi | Siragi Magara | Paul Twebaze (2019): Contract Transparency In Uganda’s Petroleum And Mining Sectors. ACODE Policy Research Paper Series No.94, 2019.
    • Magara Siragi Luyima (2022): Pro-poor energy policies for Uganda. A case for solar energy in Uganda. A research report by IGEN and AFIEGO
    • Magara Siragi Luyima: Domestic Climate Finance Accountability Landscape in Uganda. Policy brief on climate financing in Uganda by Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group
    • Magara Siragi Luyima,(2022): Scoping study of critical minerals in Uganda for Energy Transition Discourse. Natural Resources Governance Institute
    • Magara Siragi and Monic Atim (2021): An investigation study into the use of mercury use in the ASGM sector in Karamoja, by Resource Rights Africa
    • Magara Siragi Luyima (2021):, Effectiveness of tax regime in the extractives sector in Uganda, Publish What You Pay Uganda
    • Magara Siragi Luyima (2017): Unveiling petroleum revenue flows in Uganda. Transparency International Uganda. Available on
    • Magara Siragi Luyima (2022); Energy Transition: A noble agenda that needs to be translated into action, Oxfam Novib, Monday, Apr 11, 2022; Available on
Proscovia MukundaneAssistant Lecturer
She holds a master’s degree in energy economics and governance and a bachelor’s degree in arts in economics from Makerere University. She has a certificate in Measurement and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas emissions from Uganda Manufacturers Association Training Centre. Proscovia has a teaching experience of about 5years