Ralitsa Hiteva

Ralitsa is currently a Research Fellow in Infrastructure Governance in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and works on the intersection of energy policy, infrastructure and governance. Ralitsa is a member of the Sussex Energy Group. She trained in economic geography and environmental governance and worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on issues related to national capacity building for infrastructure development and economic integration, before her PhD. Her PhD analysed the geography of low carbon infrastructure governance in Europe. Since she joined SPRU in 2013 she has undertaken a range of research on energy, infrastructure and environmental policy, with particular focus on infrastructure interdependencies, low carbon network innovations and business model innovations at multiple scales. Her work is primarily informed by governance, innovation and transition literature and has included case study development, intensive qualitative research, and policy analysis. Her most recent work focuses on policy and regulation for cross sector integration and building flexibility in the energy system. Ralitsa is fascinated by the dynamics between smart cities, smart technologies and smart governance, and dreams of examining the intersectionality and positionality of researchers in the encounter spaces between academia, policy, industry and civil society.



  • Hiteva, R. and T. Maltby, May 2017, “Hitting the target but missing the point: failing and succeeding in the Bulgarian renewable energy sector”, In I.S. Sandoval and M. Bechberger (eds), A Guide to Renewable Energy Policy in the EU: When Europe ‘Greens’ Power, Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Hiteva, R. and Sovacool, B. March, 2017, Harnessing Social Innovation for Energy Justice: A Business Model Perspective, part of a special issue on ‘Exploring the energy justice nexus’, Energy Policy
  • Hiteva, R. April 2017, “Energy intermediaries in low-carbon transitions”, In S. Bouzarovski, M. Pasqualetti and V. Castan-Broto Research (eds), Research Companion to Energy Worlds, Ashgate
  • Hiteva, R., Foxon, T. and Lovell, K. April 2017, Value Creation and Capture for a Low Carbon Infrastructure, in Handbook of International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources, (eds) Caroline Kuzemko, Andreas Goldthau and Michael Keating, Edward Elgar
  • Hiteva, R. and J. Watson, 2016, “Governance of Interdependent Infrastructure Provision”, in The future of national infrastructure: A system-of-systems approach, Cambridge Press, pp.294-309
  • Hiteva, R., Lovell, K., McArthur, J., Smith, H. and Zerjav, V. 2016, “Emerging approaches and issues in regulation and governance of infrastructure based services”, ICIF White Paper
  • Hiteva, R. and T. Maltby, 2014, “Standing in the way by standing in the middle: the case of state-owned natural gas intermediaries in Bulgaria” Geoforum, Vol.54, pp.120-131
  • Hiteva, R. 2013, Fuel poverty and vulnerability in the EU low-carbon transition: the case of renewable electricity, part of Special Issue “New Approaches to Energy: Justice, Equity and Vulnerability”, Local Environment, Vol.18 (4), pp. 487-505
  • Tran, M., Hall, J., Hickford, A., Nicholls, R., Alderson, D., Barr, S., Baruah, P., Beavan, R., Birkin, M., Blainey, S., Byers, E., Chaudry, M., Curtis, T., Ebrahimy, R., Eyre, N., Hiteva, R., Jenkins, N., Jones, C., Kilsby, C., Leathard, A., Manning, L., Otto, A., Oughton, E., Powrie, W., Preston, J., Qadrdan, M., Thoung, C., Tyler, P., Watson, J., Watson, G. and Zuo, C. 2014. National infrastructure assessment: Analysis of options for infrastructure provision in Great Britain, Interim results, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Hiteva, R. 2013, Geographies of energy governance – negotiating low-carbon and energy secure futures in the European Union, Doctoral Thesis submitted at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester



  • Hiteva, R. and Dolan, T. 2017, The National Infrastructure Assessment – A Transformative Opportunity For UK Infrastructure, Policy Brief
  • Hiteva, R., Lovell, K. and Watson, J. 2017, MISTRAL Response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence, February 2017
  • Dolan, T., Carhart, N., Hiteva, R. and Zerjav, V. 2016, ICIF Response to the National Infrastructure Assessment: Consultation
  • Edkins, A., Carhart, N., Dolan, T. and Hiteva, R. 2016, ICIF response to the National Infrastructure Commission: Consultation
  • Hiteva, R., Foxon, T., Nightingale, P. and Mackerron, G., 2015, Response to the Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into Low carbon network infrastructure
  • Hiteva, R., Maltby, T. and Davisdescu, S., 2015, Response to the European Union Committee Energy and Environment Sub-Committee’s Call for Evidence on EU Energy Governance, Sussex Energy Group
  • Response to Ofgem’s discussion paper on ‘Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market, May 2015
  • Hiteva, R. and M. Workman, September 2015, Enhancing governance of energy and water interdependencies, policy note based on 3 policy and industry workshops in 2014 and 2015

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