Agency of Change: Energy in Displaced Contexts

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HEED Conference now on-line with presentations by experts in the field of energy justice and engaging interactive sessions.

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Developing sustainable energy structures that can respond to the energy needs and aspirations of displaced communities means going beyond the distribution of solar lanterns or cookstoves in refugee camps.

It requires policymakers, humanitarian organisations, energy suppliers and practitioners to fully engage with refugees to co-produce energy solutions that understand the lived experiences and practices of displaced communities.

For the past three years, Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) has been working to bring about a better understanding of the energy needs of displaced populations in Rwanda and Nepal by documenting energy usage, needs and aspirations. In co-designing renewable energy systems, HEED hopes to encourage sustainable energy solutions that generate community resilience and capacity building in the displaced context.  

As one of the overarching principles of HEED is to engage a wide range of stakeholders with interest in energy and displacement, we would like to extend an invitation to attend a one day conference that explores:

  • How do refugees and IDPs use energy, and what are their energy needs and aspirations?
  • In what way do renewable energy systems have the potential to deliver improved energy services that meet displaced populations’ energy needs for cooking, lighting and power?
  • Can alternative energy models, using intelligent supply and demand systems, be imported to displacement contexts to improve energy efficiency, social cohesion and economic growth?

The conference will share HEED’s findings on designs, community co-design processes and planning tools for sustainable energy interventions as well as the data and evidence base built during the project. We will also be hosting presentations on other similar projects as well as hearing from researchers and practitioners in the humanitarian energy sector.

Please note this will be a working conference.

As a participant rather than an attendee, we aim to involve you more in the discussions and encourage engagement with others. We will also be asking for feedback during and after the conference to identify key principles, values, and considerations for future energy access projects. From these conversations, we hope that resulting interventions seek to be as impactful, resilient, sustainable, flexible, and inclusive as possible given the political and policy contexts in which refugees and displaced populations are embedded.

Once registered, we will send you a participant conference package, which will contain the link to the conference, an overview of HEED, and the confirmed programme. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for interactive sessions that are being hosted throughout the day on a range of topics.

Our conference keynote speaker is Professor Ben Sovacool

Director of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.

Thomas Fohgrub, Head of the Coordination Unit for the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA) and Kat Harrison, Director of 60 Decibels will also be presenting, alongside HEED team members.

There are no conference fees. Please register or if you have already registered a link will be sent to you nearer the date.

To find out more about HEED or to access our data portal visit our website.  

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