New paper published: 'Two Birds, One Stone—Reframing Cooking Energy Policies in Africa and Asia'

18 June 2019

The latest paper by Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme team members Dr Simon Batchelor, Prof Ed Brown, Dr Nigel Scott and Dr Jon Leary has been published in Energies journal in April 2019, and centres on reframing cooking energy policies in Africa and Asia.

This paper, entitled 'Two Birds, One Stone—Reframing Cooking Energy Policies in Africa and Asia', describes how a new UK Aid programme (April 2019) will be seeking to intentionally change international energy policy...

Bangladesh, Biogas and Clean Cooking – A ‘Direction, Not a Destination’?

26 April 2019
The ugly beauty of simplicity Consider Bangladesh. By 2017 something short of 36% of the population was urbanized [i] , meaning that for the remaining rural 60%, life is hard, brutal and biomass dependent.

As a result, the length and breadth of Bangladesh is pockmarked with uncountable millions of primitive stoves, like the one in the photo. The enemy.

But for all the drudgery involved in collecting firewood...

Transforming Energy Access: Innovations towards SDG7 Event

23 April 2019

Several members of the LCEDN attended this event organised by the Carbon Trust in March.

The one-day event was convened on behalf of DfID and was dedicated to accelerating the transition between clean energy innovations and impact at scale, especially in Africa, through improved alignment of supportive policy and investment.

For an overview see:

South Asia workshop to increase community energy resilience held in Kathmandu.

10 April 2019
South Asia workshop to increase community energy resilience held in Kathmandu.


In February, a South Asia workshop was held in Kathmandu in Nepal as part of the Collaborations for Community Energy Resilience in Low-Income Countries project, a partnership between LCEDN and the Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme (EEG*). Using a whole systems energy research approach, the project brings together social science...

New blog series ~ community participation in designing and implementing off-grid energy systems in Tanzania by Hannah Mottram

27 February 2019

We'd like to introduce a new blog series authored by Hannah Mottram. Hannah is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and her PhD research focuses on working with local communities, civil society organisations and private companies to research minigrids for rural electrification in Tanzania. Hannah's new blog series focuses on community participation in designing and implementing off-grid energy systems in Tanzania, and can be accessed...

Small-scale wind: Experiences from the Wind Empowerment Conference 2018, Chennai, India, by Alfie Alsop

24 January 2019
We are delighted to showcase this blog by Alfie Alsop , which summarises his experiences of participating in the Wind Empowerment Conference 2018, which was held in December 2018 in Chennai, India. Alfie is a PhD research student at the University of Strathclyde, UK, whose research uses Market Assessments as a tool for highlighting where small-scale wind power...


23 November 2018

Bangladesh, November 18 th 2018

I’d nearly forgotten about the conversation I had with our friends in the ENERGIA network about what I referred to as ‘electricity stacking’, when we rolled up in our bus to the Lohadi solar nanogrid in Mymensingh district in Bangladesh. We’d been talking about fuel stacking as an aspect of resilience and a precautionary behaviour of bottom-of-the-pyramid (BoP) households, where they persisted in using multiple energy sources for different...

5 Questions: Joe Butchers discusses Community Scale (Micro) Hydropower Solutions in Nepal

11 October 2018

In this “5 quick questions” blog we introduce community micro hydro and talk to Joe Butchers (pictured in Nepal) who is a PhD student at the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol University. Joe’s research focuses on understanding both the technical, social and economic aspect of micro-hydro in Nepal, in order to improve the reliability and sustainability of systems.

Micro-hydro or community scale hydro is a renewable energy solution which goes back a long time not least...

Energy Development plans in the Kenyan Counties: Highlights from the Transforming Energy Access workshop

12 September 2018

We are delighted to share a blog written by Victoria Chengo, a Research Assistant of one of the LCEDN's collaborative partners the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) , which features highlights of a Transforming Energy Access stakeholder workshop held in Kisumu, Kenya from 10th-11th April 2018.

The workshop was co-organised by ACTS, the LCEDN, and the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND)-Kenya. The workshop's theme was capacity...

The Better Solar Network next steps

31 July 2018

We are delighted to publish the third and final blog written by Mariana Cover, who is undertaking a three month placement with Better Solar supporting the development of an international network working to support social and environmental justice across global solar supply chains. The placement is funded by the LCEDN and is based at the University of Edinburgh.

After three months of hard work, the Better Solar Network has been formed and launched!