Dr Dia Adhikari Smith

Research Fellow

Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr Dia Adhikari Smith is an E-Mobility Research Fellow at The University of Queensland’s Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. Her research focusses on advancing the performance, economics, and uptake of E-Mobility globally, with a particular focus on the electrification of heavy vehicles. Dia is a strong research professional with a PhD in Energy Systems and Power Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. She also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply, Cardiff University, UK, and then as a Lecturer at the Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, USA.

Dia's postdoctoral research experience involved in-depth research to investigate Smart Grid network assessment and planning methodologies that would consider type, extent, and pathway of various smart, innovative, and sustainable technology interventions (renewable energy sources, distributed generation, battery storage, electric vehicles, and hydrogen). Dia has worked on different quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyse the factors affecting the diffusion of low and zero emission technologies in the UK and conducted feasibility studies to evaluate the inhibiting factors for Smart Grid transition within the building industry (smart sustainable houses) and the mining sector (electric heavy vehicles, renewable energy sources, and energy storage) in the perspective of users, energy experts, energy providers, respective industries, policymakers, regulators, and the government. Dia's research projects involved close collaboration with Academia, Government and Industry to propose strategic guidelines, evaluate policies, and publish joint work-stream reports, for the successful diffusion of renewable technologies in the UK and China.


  • Master of Science, University of Sussex
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University


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