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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Webinar: Growing smart villages: Energy and agriculture for development

19th December 2016, 14:00 to 15:30

Join The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages for this webinar on Monday 19 December 2016, 2pm UK (GMT)

70% of the world's poor live in rural areas. Many of them rely on agriculture for their incomes. Equally, many of them lack access to energy. But what if they can access energy - and apply it to their livelihood? Within this webinar, we will hear from several speakers who are focusing on exactly this challenge in their work with off-grid rural communities.

Vijay Bhaskar, Mlinda
Matt Carr, PSSPNG
Anshuman Lath, Gram Oorja

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The webinar will be posted on


The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the United Kingdom to expand research capacity around low-carbon development in the countries of the Global South. LCEDN was launched in January 2012 and is an initiative of the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC).

It links existing expertise in international development, renewable energy transitions and science and technology studies in order to enhance and support interdisciplinary research, learning and policy-formation for this increasingly important and rapidly changing field.

The LCEDN comprises internationally-renowned universities and thriving energy research institutes, alongside partnerships with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and expanding worldwide associations. This enables a unique environment for dialogue, discussion and the generation of ideas for funding.

About Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative is a global initiative that aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access across the Global South with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. We are have chosen to focus on remote off-grid villages, where local solutions (home- or institution-based systems, and mini-grids) are both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Our concern is to ensure that energy access results in development and the creation of ‘smart villages’ in which rural communities have access to healthcare, education, clean water, ICT, and livelihoods. See our recent publications and workshop reports here: