Ms Alycia Leonard

Alycia Leonard
Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science


BEng, Memorial University of Newfoundland, DPhil candidate, University of Oxford

Academic Background:

Alycia is in the final stages of her DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. She has previously taught undergraduate students at the University of Oxford in computer vision, signal analysis, project management, and engineering ethics. Additionally, she has held research assistant positions with the Geospatial Design of Energy Systems for Africa (GeoDESA) and Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) projects. Her DPhil research is funded by a Clarendon scholarship.

Undergraduate Teaching:

Electronic and Information Engineering (P2 & A2) tutorials.

Research Interests:

Spatial design of electricity access systems for rural off-grid communities. Scalable grid design methods which retain community specificity and promote inclusive and sustainable access.


Hirmer, S. A., Mazzone, A., Leonard, A., & Conforti, C. (2022). The power of language: Exploring values, empowerment dynamics and communication strategies for gender-inclusive energy service design in rural Uganda. Energy Research & Social Science, 85, 102379.

Hirmer, S., Leonard, A., Conforti, S., & Conforti, C. (2021). Perceived value interviews and socio-economic survey data for communities in rural Uganda. Data in Brief, 107734.

Hirmer, S., Leonard, A., Tumwesige, J., & Conforti, C. (2021, April). Building Representative Corpora from Illiterate Communities: A Review of Challenges and Mitigation Strategies for Developing Countries. In Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Main Volume (pp. 2176-2189).

Leonard, A., Wheeler, S., & McCulloch, M. (2020, August). Geospatial Clustering and Network Design for Rural Electrification in Africa. In 2020 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica (pp. 1-5). IEEE.