Dr Ebun Akinsete is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She is also a senior consultant and partner at the sustainable development firm, GEN Sustainable Solutions. With a background in architectural technology, her main field of research is sustainable urban regeneration and her current work focuses on renewable energy as a point of entry into community development. She has worked with governmental, private and third sector partners in Europe and West Africa to develop strategic plans for sustainable development with particular emphasis on citizen and community participation within the process. She is currently working with governmental agencies and multinational NGOs in the UK and West Africa to develop strategic plans and implement projects for sustainable futures.