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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Equity and Energy Justice - Low Carbon Energy for Development Network Conference

11th September 2017, 09:00 to 12th September 2017, 17:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University

Registration closes on 7th September at 13:00 GMT. Please see details in the link

Working within the broad framework of the UN’s policy of promoting Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) the conference is based on the principle that without equity of access and energy justice, there can be no sustainability, and the conference aims to further understandings of how equity and justice are essential components of sustainability.

Issues that will be addressed include: Inclusivity/marginalization; Technology justice; Climate justice

Intersectional and structural inequalities; Governance and citizenship; Contestation; Socio-technical imaginaries and normative projects for social change; Research collaborations

Speakers include Dr Rosie Day (University of Birmingham), Professor Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex), Dr Vanesa Castan Broto (University College London) , Professor Joy Clancy (University of Twente) and Simon Trace (former CEO at Practical Action).

This year’s LCEDN annual conference is the first during the new phase of funding under DFID’s Transforming Energy Access programme. In this, the LCEDN has a role in consolidating existing relationships and collaborations among relevant UK academics and researchers, policy communities, NGOs and the private sector, and is extending partnerships in the global south for skills development. This conference is an opportunity to network, learn and develop partnerships across sectors.

Outline Programme Day 1 – Monday 11thSeptember

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee and Registration (St Aidan’s College)

9.30 Opening remarks –Dr Ed Brown/Dr Ben Campbell,LCEDN National Coordinators

9.40 Welcome from the Director of the Durham Energy Institute,Professor Jon Gluyas

9.50 - 10.35 First Keynote Presentation –Dr Rosie Day –Title to be confirmed (10.35 – 10.50 - BEIS/DFID Speaker (tbc) 10.50 – 11.10 – Coffee

11.10 – 1.00 First Concurrent Sessions

Market Solutions? Entrepreneurialism, productive uses and equity (The Lindisfarne Centre)

Chair: Molly Hurley-Dupret, Smart Villages

Peter Boait (DeMontfort University, UK)- Mini grid governance and management – can open source tools offer a more equitable solution than the cloud.

Mark Lamont (Open University, UK)So rough a wind: Is a just energy transition possible in Kenya.

Victoria Plutschack (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge)– Off grid rural electrification in India: End user

Governance, Power and Resistance1 (Shincliffe room St Aidan’s College)

Chair: tbc

Patil Balachandra (Department of Management Studies & Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science) –Energy Plus for Empowerment and Sustainability.

Andrew Lawrence (Vienna School of International Studies, Austria)– Contesting governance barriers to low carbon energy in South Africa.

Mini Govindan (The Energy and Resources Institute, India)– Does technology justice lead to

Communities, Households and Local Energy Governance(Junior Common Room St Aidan’s College)

Chair: tba

Aparajita Banerjee (Michigan Technology University, USA)– Culture and Politics as Challenges in Clean energy transitions in rural communities in peripheral countries: evidences from cookstove programs in Mexico

Timotheus Darikwa (University of Limpopo, South Africa)– Energy poverty in peri urban South Africa: prevalence and correlates with vulnerable household characteristics.

Antonella Mazzone

selection and its impacts.

Mirjam Roeder (University of Manchester, UK)– Sweet energy – bioenergy integration pathways for sugarcane residues. A case study of Nkomazi, District of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Dipti Vaghela (Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar)– Energy democracy in Myanmar: Scaling up renewable energy social entrepreneurs

gender justice? Insights from Solar PV mini grids in Chhattisgarh, India.

Tara Narayanan (University of Michigan, USA)– Alignment of actors: stakeholder perceptions of the solar microgrid sector in Rural India

Noel Healy (Salem State University, USA)– Embodied energy justice: cross-scalar issues of global energy justice in the shift from coal to natural gas.

(International Development Institute, Kings College London)

Marcia Montedonico (Energy Centre, FCFM, University of Chile)– Renewable energy technology transfer to rural communities: learning and challenges from the experiences of Ayllu Solar project in Chile

Nadeem Chowdhury (Loughborough University) –

Decentralised solutions in rural

areas- are they really

guaranteeing energy equity for

all? Energy perceptions from the

Brazilian Amazon

Challenges and successes of

energy governance in off-grid

rural communities in Bangladesh

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 2.20 Presentation byProfessor Patricia Thornley (University of Manchester, UK)– Bioenergy SUPERGEN Consultation Processes

2.20 – 3.00 Launch of Research Review and Initial RPDC Capacity Building priorities (Q&A) 3.00 – 3.15 Tea/Coffee

3.15 – 4.15 Second Concurrent Sessions

Market Solutions? Entrepreneurialism, productive uses and equity (The Lindisfarne Centre)

Chair: Molly Hurley-Dupret, Smart Villages

Carmen Dienst (Wuppertal Institute for Climate,

Governance, Power and Resistance (Shincliffe)

Chair: Marcela Tarazona,EEG Programme Director

Oxford Policy Management

Fionagh Thomson (Centre for Theology, Science and Human

Communities, Households and Local Energy Governance(Junior Common Room)

Chair: tba

Sara Ronzi (University of Liverpool, UK)– Exploring barriers and practical solutions for uptake of clean cooking:

Environment and Energy, Germany)– How can energy access lead to improved living conditions? What elements can trigger productive energy use in energy-poor areas.

Aran Eales (Strathclyde University, UK)– Promoting energy justice through productive uses of energy in Malawi.

Govind Kelkar (Landless Rural Development Institute, India)– Scaling up energy access: Gender, agriculture and entitlement

Flourishing, Notre Dame University, USA)– Carting before the horse: the troublesome reification of new technologies in solving community-based environmental issues.

Yekeen Sanusi (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria)– Exploring marginalisation and exclusion in renewable energy development in Africa.

Shikha Lakhanpal (Asuka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology, India)– Contesting renewable energy in the Global South: examples from India

application of photovoice participatory methods in awareness raising and community empowerment as a part of the LPG Adoption in Cameroon Evaluation (LACE) studies.

Leonardo Valencuela Perez (Independent researcher)– After abandonment: Unearthing low carbon futures in the Chilean Central Coast.

Sarah Wykes (CAFOD)– title tbc

4.30 – 6.00 Two keynote Presentations (Dawson Building)

Second Keynote presentation –Professor Benjamin Sovacool- Conceptual Frameworks and analytical strategies for energy justice. (4.30 – 5.15 pm, Anthropology Lecture Hall)

Third Keynote presentation –Dr Vanessa Castán Broto– Title to be confirmed (5.15 -6 pm, Anthropology Lecture Hall)

6-7 pm - Drinks reception sponsored by Durham Energy Institute (Calman Learning Centre) 7.30 pm – Conference Dinner (Durham Castle)

Outline Programme Day 2 – Tuesday 12thSeptember

8.30 – 9.00 Coffee and Registration 9.00 – 9.45 Fourth Keynote presentation –Professor Joy Clancy– Title to be confirmed 9.45 - 11.00 Session one

9.45 – 11.00 Third Concurrent Session

Business and Technology Panel – Designing-in Justice (Junior Common Room)

Chair:Malcolm Bricknell

Ian Morris (Fullwell Mill)-How socially responsible businesses can address the challenges of energy access and justice

Andrew Crossland (DEI)- New technology applications in Off-Grid Energy and how these can promote energy justice

Simon Collings (Energy 4 Impact)- Problems arising from different business models for addressing energy equity and inclusiveness

Khaiko Makwela-Wali (Green Globe Architecture Ltd)-

Energy Facilitated Market Places: Building a

sustainable, low carbon value-chain to alleviate

rural poverty.

Energy Justice in the Context of the SDGs: From Theorization to Practice (The Lindisfarne Centre)

Chair: tba

Cle-Ann Gabriel (University of Queensland, Australia)– Distributive justice for renewable energy entrepreneurs..

Kirsten Jenkins (University of Sussex, UK)– Problematizing “whole systems energy justice.”

Tedd Moya Mose and Raphael Heffron (Queen Mary University)– Examining energy justice concerns and the international energy charter

Darren McCauley (University of St Andrews)– Energy Justice: re-balancing the trilemma of security, poverty and climate change

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/Tea

11.30 – 12.45 Fourth Concurrent Session

Business and Technology Panel – Designing-in Justice

Chair:Andrew Crossland Molly Hurley-Dupret ( Smart Villages)-

Framework conditions necessary for the provision

of energy services to villages to enable livelihood

opportunities and empowerment

Energy Justice in the Context of the SDGs: From Theorization to Practice

Chair: tbc

Helene Ahlborg (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)– Towards a Conceptualisation of power in energy transitions

Iwona Bisaga (University College London)– Energy and the Sustainable Development Goals).

Melissa Kerim-Dickeni and Jiska De Groot (Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa)– “Green’ and ‘brown’ agendas in power plant development in South Africa – an energy justice perspective.

Analisa Savaresi (University of Stirling, UK)- Justice, equity and the energy transition: lessons from community renewables.

12.45 – 2.00 Lunch and Poster Viewing – Poster authors to be available to chat by their posters (Dining Hall)

2.00 – 3.00 Report back from LCEDN/Practical Action Workshops on Research User engagement in Kenya and Bangladesh coordinated bySarah Begg(Practical Action, Policy and Practice),Uttam Saha(Practical Action Bangladesh),Francis Wainaina(Practical Action Kenya)

3.00 – 3.20 Coffee 3.20 – 4.05 Final plenary bySimon Trace(

Former CEO at Practical Action) - “Principal Consultant at Oxford Policy Management and Energy – achieving technology justice”.

4.05 – 4.30 - Feedback from Session Chairs/Rapporteurs

4.30 – 5.00 Ways Forward for Research on Equity and Energy Justice (led by LCEDN Team)

5.00 Conference Close