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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

LCEDN Conference: Off-Grid and Renewable Transitions in Energy Livelihoods

23rd March 2015, 13:00 to 24th March 2015, 17:00, Durham University

The fourth conference of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network to share learning, review network activity, and plan the future direction for research on low carbon energy for development.

Conference aims:

  1. To reconnect and review the agenda of pro-poor renewable energy (Global poverty trends and context of Paris Climate Talks)
  2. To learn from the first findings of the individual USES projects (Impact Underway)
  3. To chart the best way forward for the LCEDN community (Strategic Directions)

Registration is now open on 


Monday 23rd March

Late afternoon: site visit to renovated Durham ice-rink hydro-generator,

Evening introductory sessions: Films, and Durham campus energy hub reception

Tuesday 24th  March

09.30 Workshop register and coffee

10.00 Welcome from Ben Campbell & Simon Hogg (Durham Energy Institute)

10.10 Introduction & update Ed Brown (Midlands Energy Consortium); John Loughhead, Jim Watson (UKERC)

10.30 2 Keynote speakers: Deepak Gyawali (Interdisciplinary Analysts, Nepal) and

and Judith Cherni (Imperial College, London, Solar Network)

11.30 coffee

12.00 Energy Livelihoods workshop disucssions

  • What implications can we see in the growth in profile of renewable energy?
  • What are the implications for livelihoods? What are we getting?
  • How can we recognise success?
  • Who benefits most and what are negative elements?
  • What of urban-rural flows?
  • Examples of development with best intentions have unintended consequences, are we seeing this in Renewable Energy?
  • Can we see correspondences in cases of socio-technical ‘ownership’ in low carbon energy livelihoods?

Table topics: Households and Energy, Governance and Energy, Enterprise and Energy, Ecology and Energy, Education and Energy, City-Regions and Energy, Transitions and Energy 

13.00 lunch

Lessons from Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sectoral Collaborations

Spotlighting features of effective process, engaging with diversity among energy livelihood actors, reassembling energy regimes and scales of practice

14.00 Dave Ockwell (Sussex STEPS) Chair: Panel of select project presentations & Qs

15.00 Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) projects showcase of first findings & Qs (chair tbc)

16.00 tea

Ways Forward

16.15 Ed Brown, Alistair Wray: Prospects for RESESS and Bioenergy SUPERGEN; UKCDS; and how LCEDN can support their agendas.

16.30 General Discussion: Strategic opportunities, alignments, constraints and directions

17.30 Finish

Background Information

The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) was supported by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change to create momentum among the UK research community, working on accessibility to renewable energy for the poor in the developing world. A network was formed to gather a database of expertise, to bring focus to major challenges, connect with overseas partners, and establish the UK as a hub for leading research in this field.

LCEDN has a website ( regularly updated news, blogs and other activities, together with a searchable database of UK research expertise in this area and innovative research mapping activity .

Three earlier LCEDN conferences were held at Loughborough
(April 2012), Sussex (September 2012) and Imperial College (June 2013).