This is an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team with two world-leading research groups at Loughborough University. The Geography and Environment discipline hosts the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) which has led major research programmes on sustainable energy, energy access and modern cooking fuels. The Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) is the largest and leading sustainable energy engineering research centre in the UK, with research activities covering wind power, solar photovoltaics, renewable energy for development, energy in buildings, grid connection and integration and energy storage.
Developing countries are increasingly facing multiple stresses and shocks such as climate change and disasters. Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be maintained without building in more resilience. Communities can leverage local technical expertise, resources and informal networks to access energy services using renewable energy. Greater understanding of community energy needs and resilience strategies could improve the design of energy solutions.
This PhD will focus on designing more resilient energy systems using participatory processes with communities in Nepal and/or Malawi. You will also assess the potential for scaling up the solutions within the countries and internationally. You will have an opportunity to conduct fieldwork and work closely with other team members at Mzuzu University, Malawi and Kathmandu University, Nepal.