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Research Associate for Community Energy Systems - 12month full-time

13th August, 2022

The post holder will work in close collaboration with the CESET and MECS Co-Investigator, Dr Long Seng To, focusing on the landscape of CES in Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique and collaborating with other MECS researchers to build on new opportunities and knowledge emerging from community energy and sustainable energy transitions.

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Watch the Malawi CES presentations on YouTube

12th July, 2022

Earlier this year the CESET team travelled to Malawi for its annual CESET meeting hosted by Mzuzu University. Part of this meeting was an opportunity for CESET members to meet delegates from community energy projects and we had a selection of presentations from representatives about their experiences in setting up and operationalizing mini grids in their communities.

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CESET participation in the DSA conference

11th July, 2022

On 6th of July CESET PI Professor Vanesa Castán Broto, researcher Dr Hita Unnikrishnan, Co-Investigaor Getachew Bekele and Dr Lorraine Dongo of the Urban Institute particpated in the Development Studies Association Online Conference hosted by the University College London. 

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2022 World Cities Report launched by UN-Habitat at the World Urban Forum

8th July, 2022

Our CESET PI and Vanesa Castán Broto, CESET researcher Hita Unnikrishnan and their colleagues at the Urban Institute have collaborated to produce Chapter 5 on Securing a Greener Urban Futures and also contributed to Chapter 6 on planning.

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Josh Kirshner presents at BISA conference 2022

24th June, 2022

CESET Co-I Josh Kirshner presented in a panel on ‘Energy colonialism: Roots, racialization, recurrent patterns,’ hosted by the Colonial-Postcolonial-Decolonial Working Group at the British International Studies Association (BISA) conference 2022 - held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 15-17th. Professor Franziska Müller and Johanna Tunn (both at the University of Hamburg, Germany) were panel chair and organizer.

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Launch of new digital magazine Feminism and the City?

16th June, 2022

CESET Principal Investigator Professor Vanesa Castán Broto has recently contributed to the new digital magazine Feminism and the City?

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New CESET open access journal article published!

14th June, 2022

The CESET team, led by our Ethiopian Co-Investigator Mulualem G. Gebreslassie have published an article on “Delivering an of-grid transition to sustainable energy in Ethiopia and Mozambique” in Energy, Sustainability and Society.

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New report published by the World Health Organisation

7th June, 2022

A recent report “Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2022” claims renewable energy was the only energy source to grow through the pandemic!

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Our first annual CESET meeting in Malawi!

11th May, 2022

Last month the CESET team excitedly travelled to Malawi for its first face to face meeting as a project team! [Delayed due to COVID and travel restrictions]. The meeting was hosted by our Malawian colleagues at Mzuzu University. The team were in awe of Malawi’s beautiful green countryside and were made very welcome by the friendly people we encountered.  

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CESET awarded impact funding

3rd May, 2022

Congratulations to our CESET Principal Investigator, Professor Vanesa Castán Broto, on successfully applying for funding from the University of Sheffield’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). The University was awarded ESRC IAA funding to support the delivery of knowledge exchange and activities focused on generating impact from its social sciences research portfolio.

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New open access article "From problematisation to propositionality"

30th April, 2022

Congratualtions to our UK CESET Dr Idalina Baptista and her colleague on a new publication in the Transactions of the British Institute of Britsh Geographers. "From problematisation to propositionality: Advancing southern urban infrastructure debates"  explores the notion of propositionality to advance southern urban infrastructure debates towards more anticipatory forms of scholarship.

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TEA-LP and CESET collaboration

25th April, 2022

Authored by Guy Cunliffe - Transforming Energy Access Learning Partnership (TEA-LP) has joined up with CESET as part of their Regional Energy Learning Alliance, with the objective of

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New open access article published on ‘The dynamics of urban household energy poverty and energy transition in Mozambique’

4th March, 2022

Congratulations to team members Carlos Shenga, Joshua Kirshner, Lorraine Howe and their colleague Matthew Cotton on the publication of a new article in People, Place and Policy. The article stems from the POLARIZE project funded by UK Aid/FCDO through the Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme.

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New CESET briefing on intersectionality published

17th February, 2022

The CESET project team has just published its fourth briefing paper on “Towards an intersectional perspective on community energy: work-in-progress within CESET”.

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An excerpt of ‘Urban Energy Landscapes’ available as audio book

16th February, 2022

CESET PI, Vanesa Castán Broto, has imagined the concept of urban energy landscapes as spatial arrangements of cultural practices and artefacts that reflect the coevolution of socio-economic, technological, and ecological systems. Her book Urban Energy Landscapes (2019, Cambridge University Press) presents the conceptual foundations of this approach. 

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Sustainable Energy Access in Urban Areas

11th February, 2022

A new report explores the question of urban inequality in the context of providing energy access and achieving the goals of the Sustainable Development Goal 7.

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Engaging with the Feminist City

4th February, 2022

On 24th January 2022 CESET PI Professor Vanesa Castán Broto participated in an event hosted by the Gender Responsive Resilience & Intersectionality in Policy and Practice at UCL entitled “Engaging with the Feminist City: How does a feminist city present itself in different spaces and places?”.

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A switch to renewables could grow Africa’s economy by 6.4% in 2050

28th January, 2022

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - a lead intergovernmental agency for the global energy transformation – in collaboration with the African Development Bank published “Renewable Energy Market Analysis: Africa and Its Regions” earlier this month. The report claims that energy-efficiency investments have the potential to boost the African economy by approximately 6.4% and create millions of new jobs.

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Welcome to new CESET team member

13th December, 2021

CESET welcomes its newest team member Dominic Stephen, Project Coordinator at Scene. Dom joined Scene in 2018, with an MSc in Ecological Economics. He draws on his working and research experience across the UK, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, driven to develop low carbon solutions which address environmental, economic, and social challenges holistically. 

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Beyond COP26 - progression of the CESET project and its ‘living lab’

29th November, 2021

Mozambique took part in COP26, where world leaders met to take decisions on how to drive the implementation of environmental initiatives to reduce and mitigate further effects of climate change. A key issue of discussion was to transition away from the use of fossil fuels and elimination by 2050 – a difficult issue given that Mozambique possesses major coal deposits, and it had been expected that coal would be a major driver of Mozambican development. 

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