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Emeritus Professor Ralph Sims

Emeritus Professor

School of Food and Advanced Technology

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Panel of the GEF (Global Environment Facility).

International consultant and contributor for

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), OECD, FAO, REN21, Global Energy Assessment 2012, etc.

International Energy Agency (IEA) Senior analyst on renewable energy and 450 Policy Scenario 2006-2009 including reports on Bioenergy project development; Renewable Heating and Cooling; Biofuels; Cities, Towns and Renewable Energy.

Co-ordinating Lead Author for IPCC 4th Assessment Report - Mitigation (2007) on "Energy Supply"; IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy on "Integration" (2011); Global Energy Assessment, IIASA on "Energy Supply"; and IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Mitigation on "Transport" (to be published 2014).

Roles and Responsibilities

Other than research and teaching:

Science communicator (a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand in this regard).

Media contributor to TV, radio, and press.

Numerous local, national and international presentations and keynote addresses given on energy and climate change issues.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 350 5288
    Location: RC2.10, Riddet building
    Campus: Manawatu

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Renewable energy deployment and policies.

Distributed energy (including smart grids).

Biomass supply chains and bioenergy conversion.

Biofuels for transport.

Climate change and renewable energy scenarios.


Engineering applications, social factors, environmental impacts and policy development relating to energy - both supply and demand (end-use).

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 16

Completed Projects

Project Title: Taiepa Tiketike: Passive Resistance to climate change at Parihaka

Date Range: 2014 - 2019

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Suite of post-graduate internet papers. see http://energy.massey.ac.nz/

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Shanti Subedi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Domestic Biogas Production and Use in Nepal: A Simple, Reliable and Cost-Effective Solution to Provide Energy Security to the Rural Households
  • 2014 - Ruy Anaya De La Rosa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biochar systems for carbon finance - an evaluationi based on Life Cycle Assessment studies in New Zealand
  • 2006 - Phillip Murray - Doctor of Philosophy
    Designing Sustainable Distributed Generation Systems for Rural Communities
  • 1999 - Lanbin Guo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nutrient Cycling in #Eucalyptus# Short Rotation Forests Sustainable production linked with meatworks effluent land treatment.
  • 1999 - David Manktelow - Doctor of Philosophy
    Factors Affecting Spray Deposits and their Biological Effects on New Zealand Apple Canopies.
  • 1998 - Albert Senelwa - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Air Gasification of Woody Biomass from Short Rotation Forests Opportunities for small scale biomass-electricity systems.

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2011 - Thomas Frater - Doctor of Philosophy
    Energy in New Zealand apple production
  • 1999 - Jonathan Roygard - Doctor of Philosophy
    Land Treatment of Dairy-farm Effluent Using Short Rotation Forestry.

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