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Webinar: Addressing Energy Governance: Questions of Scale and Scope

18 July 2016,
15:00 to 16:00

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Addressing Energy Governance: Questions of Scale and Scope

Join The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and  

Smart Villages  

Monday, 18 July 2016, 9am EST / 2pm UK / 3pm CEST 


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The next webinar in our monthly series brings together researchers working on energy governance issues from a range of projects funded under two different DFID initiatives. These initiatives are the EPSRC/DFID/DECC funded Understading Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) programme whose 13 projects are networked under the USES Network ( and the DFID-funded Gender and Energy research programme which is managed by Energia ( 

Issues that will be covered in the webinar include: the roles of local government and political decentralization in energy governance; the political economy of energy sector dynamics and decision-making processes; Energy sector reform and fossil-fuel subsidization and the role of cities and municipalities in sustainable energy transitions. 

Our webinar series is a little different: each expert will speak for less than 10 minutes and will focus on their on-the-ground experience using photos to tell their story. 
Ed Brown, Loughborough University, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network 
Laura Merrill and Richard Bridle, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Simon Bawakyillenuo and Innocent Agbelie, University of Ghana
Govind Kelkar, M.S,Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
Each presentation will be 10 minutes, leaving time for questions at the end. 
The webinar will be posted on
We welcome your ideas for future webinars! 
Please get in touch with Molly Hurley-Dépret ( or Ed Brown (
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The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the United Kingdom to expand research capacity around low-carbon development in the countries of the Global South.

It links existing expertise in international development, renewable energy transitions and science and technology studies in order to enhance and support interdisciplinary research, learning and policy-formation for this increasingly important and rapidly changing field.

The LCEDN comprises internationally-renowned universities and thriving energy research institutes, alongside partnerships with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and expanding worldwide associations. This enables a unique environment for dialogue, discussion and the generation of ideas for funding.

About Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative is a global initiative that aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access across the Global South with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. We are have chosen to focus on remote off-grid villages, where local solutions (home- or institution-based systems, and mini-grids) are both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Our concern is to ensure that energy access results in development and the creation of ‘smart villages’ in which rural communities have access to healthcare, education, clean water, ICT, and livelihoods. See our recent publications and workshop reports here:

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