Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen

ISRF Independent Scholar Research Fellow

Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and member of Linacre College Oxford. She holds a BSc from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford in Refugee Studies. She has held academic positions as a Research Associate at Imperial College London and Research Analyst at the University of Cambridge. As a practitioner, Sarah was previously Head of Humanitarian Energy at the international NGO Practical Action, and a senior adviser on energy for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Sarah is the Research Lead for the Global Platform for Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA), a multi-institutional group leading action on energy in forced migration settings.

Sarah specialises in the institutional and geographic study of energy in humanitarian settings, including the impact of electricity and clean cooking access on the lives of refugees. Her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including the Journal of Humanitarian Action, Nature Energy, and Climate Policy. Sarah's research focuses on understanding institutional and individual practices on energy within humanitarian systems and refugee camps. Her Fellowship is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and considers ethnographic evidence on the energy needs of refugees.

In the media

Journal articles and special issues

Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (2022) 'The emerging world of humanitarian energy: A conceptual research review', Energy Research & Social Science 92
Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (with Peter James Matthew Thomas, Aimee Jenks) (2021) ' Moving beyond informal action: sustainable energy and the humanitarian response system', International Journal of Humanitarian Action 6 21
Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (with Tracy Tunge, Timothy Kayumba) (2019) 'Inclusive energy solutions in refugee camps', Nature Energy 4 990–2
Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (with K Neuhoff) (2009) 'Understanding the roles of policy targets in national and international governance', Climate Policy 9 (5)


Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (2019) 'Leaving no one behind: An overview of governance of the humanitarian energy sector'. In Owen Grafham (ed) Energy Access and Forced Migration , Routledge


Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (with N Hirst) (2013) 'Research Impact Case Study: Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London', Report submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for England
Rosenberg-Jansen, Sarah (with K Neuhoff, S Cooper, T Laing, A Rysanek ) (2009) 'Indicator Choices and Tradeoffs: Facilitating the Success of International Climate Policies and Projects', Climate Strategies Report


04 August, 2022
New report examining energy issues in humanitarian settings launched
26 May, 2022
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen wins ISRF fellowship to study refugee energy use
27 April, 2017
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen wins 2017 Frederick Soddy postgraduate award
20 Dec, 2019
'Inclusive energy solutions in refugee camps'. DPhil Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen writes for Nature Energy
03 Apr, 2013
'Cutting climate change education is a mistake, says Imperial researcher'. Sarah Lester writes for Imperial College London blog
19 Mar, 2013
'Why it's a mistake to trim climate change from the curriculum'. Sarah Lester writes for the Independent
29 Jun, 2012
'Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change'. Neil Hirst and Sarah Lester write for LSE Policy Blog
Research interests:

Renewable energy; refugee studies; forced migration; sustainable energy for development; critical geography; anthropologies of power