Refugees and renewable energy: the nature of refugee demand for sustainable energy in humanitarian settings

There is limited research on renewable and sustainable energy provision within humanitarian settings, especially within refugee camps and displaced populations. This means that the basic energy needs of millions of vulnerable people are not being met, and where some form of energy access is available it is often not provided via the most effective or sustainable solutions.

This research aims to understand the mechanisms by which international development agencies are delivering renewable energy to refugees, and what role displaced communities and households have in defining their own access to technologies. The thesis will focus on the political nature of these problems: how is sustainable energy used in refugee settings and what are the factors influencing demand in communities. The project will use social science and anthropological methods to analyse these problems and understand how renewable energy policies play out across humanitarian settings.

Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
Research Student