Agency of Change: Energy in the Displaced Context

Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Dsplacement
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Wednesday 04 November 2020

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM





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, the HEED project (funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)) has been working to bring about a better understanding of energy needs of displaced populations and design renewable energy systems that encourage community resilience and capacity building. Drawing upon the everyday lives of refugees living in three refugee camps in Rwanda (Nyabiheke, Gihembe and Kigeme) and with internally displaced communities in Nepal, the HEED project offers new knowledge and design tools to aid energy decision making in the displaced context.   

The conference aims to offer a platform for exchanging experiences and learning from researchers and practitioners in the humanitarian energy sector as we share and debate HEED's findings on designs and community co-design processes for sustainable energy interventions. There will also be time to discuss the data and evidence base built during the project and how these findings can assist in future energy projects in the displaced context.

During the conference, we will aim to address the following questions:

  • 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?

Logos for Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement, Coventry University, Practical Action, Scene Connect and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


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