The Energy & Development Group has a number of running and historic projects both local to the UK and across the globe.
The UCL energy and development group is engaged in energy and development research across the Global South, our work ranges from supporting the development of entrepreneurship to address the challenge of delivering clean and safe thermal energy services to city scale models of energy consumption using dynamic thermal simulation. Click here for an interative version of the map
Live ProjectsA natural capital reporting framework for the Brazilian Pantanal
The Pantanal region of Brazil, located in the Southern part of the Amazon rainforest, is a megadiverse tropical wetland. It is also one of the most productive areas for Brazilian agribusiness, including soybean, maize, sugarcane and beef. As a result, this critical ecosystem is increasingly under threat with numerous competing industries driving land use-land change and large wildfire events (Julia Tomei and Alison Fairbass).
Energy Democracy and the Politics of Energy Transition in African Countries will survey current practices associated with decentralization and local governance of energy supplies, consider established good practice and look to build routes forward with wider stakeholder communities. It will consider also the evolution of social imaginaries linked to energy transition in African countries, from national governments down to local communities. How can policy-makers in the energy sector integrate RETs in their way of thinking? Do they perceive differences with conventional energy technologies - not just technical differences but also differences in terms of social implications, and do they understand the implications for local governance through formal and informal structures, and any existing political decentralization initiatives? How might perspectives best be changed to enable both RET deployment and enhanced energy access? Are grass roots organisations capable of proposing, developing, operating and maintaining an alternative vision? Do they perceive RETs as having the potential to empower local communities, or as 'second-hand electricity'? What are the needs of communities not just in terms of energy, but also in terms of the role they can take in meeting those needs and in working with providers to enable access which meets those needs most effectively? What financing models would best enable this? What other elements of regulation can help to enable all of this? What is required to happen amongst governance organisations to enable a shift from the centralised to a decentralised model? (Xavier Lemaire and Femi Eludoyin)
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KTH-Sweden, EPSI-Ethiopia, AAiT-Ethiopia
|Co-designing anaerobic digestion systems for artisanal fishing communities in Colombia||November 2017 to March 2018||Universidad Nacional de México|
|Towards sustainable decentralised energy networks in Myanmar||November 2017 to March 2018||WWF-Myanmar, Myanmar Engineering Society, Renewable Energy Association Myanmar|
|Smart Solutions for All - S34ALL||March 2019 to March 2024||BBOXX, Royal Academy of Engineering, LCEDN, University of Rwanda|
|Energy and the SDG’s|
|Addressing energy needs of refugees in Kenya through translational research||August 2018 to July 2019||Practical Action, BBOXX|
|Large Water Projects and Conflicted Territorial Identities in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of the Development of the Senegal River||October 2018 - September 2020||IFAN, Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar)|