Closing the Gap: bridging research and practice in energy access
Wednesday 13 December 2017, 11.30am UK time
In September 2017, the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) held its annual conference on the topic of “Equity and Energy Justice” at Durham University, UK. As a follow-up to this conference, we are holding two webinars to share highlights from the conference.
The first webinar focussed on energy justice. This month, we will examine a second theme from the conference, and focus on questions of how academic research can best have impact at the grassroots of energy access and productive use, how that “knowledge gap” can be closed, and what some of the most effective solutions might be for ensuring that research can be applied effectively and equitably.
This month, we’ll be joined by Practical Action’s Sarah Begg, who has been leading a participatory learning study with LCEDN looking at how academic research impacts the grassroots. She will be joined by her colleague from Practical Action’s Bangladesh office, Iffat Khan, who will present some of the specific outcomes and experiences of the study in Bangladesh. Finally, the Smart Villages Initiative will share the global perspectives they have been able to gather on bridging academic research and making it relevant to energy access practitioners, entrepreneurs, and rural communities.
Join us for this exciting and important webinar, where we’ll be joined by the following speakers:
- Sarah Begg, Global Knowledge and Learning Officer, Practical Action
- Iffat Khan, Knowledge and Business Development Specialist, Practical Action Bangladesh
- Dr Bernie Jones, Co-Leader, Smart Villages Initiative
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Each presentation will be 15 minutes, leaving time for questions at the end.
The webinar will be posted on www.e4sv.org.
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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.
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
Smart Villages 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: http://e4sv.org/resources/