A study into the socio-technical feasibility of energy access interventions in refugee camps using a sustainable livelihoods approach

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Civil Engineering


The overarching aim of this research is to develop a model for testing energy access interventions in refugee camps based on new social and cultural understanding. The research seeks to:
1. Determine refugee energy needs and their prioritisation
2. Establish social and cultural factors influencing energy consumption
3. Estimate energy demand and its profile
4. Model the performance of various energy technologies such as wind and solar
5. Devise an energy deployment model that could enhance livelihoods in refugee camps
The research will adopt a people-centric approach to understand beneficiaries' energy priorities and socioeconomic context utilising a framework such as the sustainable livelihood approach (Cherni, 2004 and DFID, 1999). This new data will be incorporated into the development of on an energy access model for refugee camps.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509619/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1942756 Studentship EP/N509619/1 01/10/2017 30/06/2021 Peter Thomas
Description Practical Action 
Organisation Practical Action
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I am carrying out additional analysis of the data collected by Practical Action and I have provide input to the operation of the Renewable Energy for Refugees Programme.
Collaborator Contribution Practical Action have provided access to data they have collected as part of the Renewable Energy for Refugees Programme and facilitated access to refugee camps in Rwanda.
Impact This will results in academic publications that are due to be published in 2020.It will also contribute to the final thesis due to be published in 2021.
Start Year 2018
Description Energy Research and Social Science Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the Energy Research and Social Sciences conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019