Highlights of the Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions conference

23 January 2018

Around 90 delegates from a wide range of countries were welcomed to the Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) conference , held in Nakuru, Nairobi from 6th - 9th December 2017, for three days of discussions, debates and community project visits.

USES is the EPSRC/DFID funded research programme that aims to further understanding of sustainable energy solutions to poverty-related and low-carbon energy issues in the Global South. This programme brings together 13 projects...

Five Questions: Solar Waste? A brief conversation with Declan Murray, University of Edinburgh

23 January 2018
Five Quick Questions Series

One of the most interesting things about working for the LCEDN is undoubtedly the many conversations we hold with researchers and practitioners who are currently grappling with all manner of issues related to Low Carbon Energy and International Development. In this new series of ‘Five Quick Questions’ blog posts, we want to share some of these conversations, introducing you to the people we meet and the issues they are concerned with or curious...

How off-grid solar contributes to resilience

22 January 2018

Here, Andrew Scott and Leah Worrall of the Overseas Development Institute discuss how off-grid solar contributes to resilience. This blog post accompanies their recently published working paper on off-grid solar and resilience .

The world’s off-grid solar industry convenes in Hong Kong this week, for the...

The Role of Capacity Building in Energy Access

17 January 2018

We are delighted to feature the second blog that Tonny Kukeera has written, providing an overview of the research that he is completing during the three month placement on sustainable energy at the National University of Lesotho. The placement is funded by the LCEDN in their support of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) in the organisation of the second Africa-EU Symposium on Renewable Energy Research and Innovation (...

The LCEDN team welcomes Surabhi Rajagopal as a Visiting Researcher

18 December 2017

The LCEDN team is delighted to welcome Surabhi Rajagopal (pictured) as a Visiting Researcher. Surabhi is working for the LCEDN alongside completing a six month secondment at the SELCO Foundation. Surabhi has written the following blog to introduce herself and outline what she is looking forward to contributing towards the LCEDN portfolio and gaining from the role:

We can all agree that energy is a catalyst for local development, but the source of that energy and...

Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) workshop to be held in Nakuru next week

29 November 2017

The LCEDN team and numerous collaborative partner organisations, government representatives and researchers from the Global South and throughout Europe will be participating in the Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) network workshop in Nakuru, Kenya, from 7-9 December 2017. The workshop provides a timely opportunity to disseminate, review and discuss outputs and future research directions of the 13 projects comprising the USES...

Your feedback invited: new EUEI PDF study published on Energy and Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries

29 November 2017

Please refer to the message below from Silvia Escudero, Project Manager of the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF):

Dear colleagues,

The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI-PDF) just launched a new study on Energy and Climate Change Adaptation...

Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals: how, why, and what’s next

21 November 2017

The UCL Energy and Development Group recently published a paper on ‘Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals’ (access the paper here ). One of the co-authors of the paper, Iwona Bisaga, a PhD student from University College London, has written the following blog about how and why this paper was written, and what's next for furthering this research area.

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Tonny Kukeera awarded placement on sustainable energy at the National University of Lesotho

20 November 2017

We are delighted to announce that Tonny Kukeera (pictured), a recent graduate of M.Sc. Energy Engineering at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences, has been awarded a three month academic placement opportunity on sustainable energy based at the National University of Lesotho. The placement is funded by the LCEDN in their support of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) in the organisation of...

Ethno-engineering

7 November 2017

Following a successful workshop on ‘ethno-engineering’ at Durham University at the end of October 2017, Dr Britta Turner of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network has been considering the term ethno-engineering; how it relates to existing understandings and articulations of the relationship between ethnography (anthropology more broadly) and engineering, and what it might have to offer both academic and non-academic stakeholders operating in the area of Low Carbon Energy in a...

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