Energy Seminar – Week 2 TT24: Sustainable Energy in Refugee Camps: Technologies, Politics, and Governance

Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen

  • Start  Tuesday 30 Apr 2024 5:00pm
  • Finish    Tuesday 30 Apr 2024 6:30pm
  • Venue  Dyson Perrins Building
  • Postcode OX1 3AN
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Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen


Summary: Energy is everywhere in refugee camps: in the homes, businesses, and community spaces of refugees. However, this topic is rarely discussed in academic or practitioner contexts. To understand more about this important issue, this seminar will present ethnographic research from the journal article on the ‘Secret Life of Energy in Refugee Camps’, as well as outlining findings from the ‘State of the Humanitarian Energy Sector’ (SOHES) report by the Global Platform for Action on Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings (GPA), hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Speaker: Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where she is a member of the Refugee Studies Centre and Linacre College. She is the Co-Founder of the Global Platform for Action for Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings (GPA) hosted at UNITAR, a multi-institutional group leading action on energy in forced migration settings, where she now offers independent specialist advice on humanitarian energy. Sarah’s academic research 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 Refugee Studies, Energy Research and Social Science, the Journal of Humanitarian Action, Nature Energy, and Climate Policy. Sarah’s Oxford Fellowship is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and considers ethnographic evidence on the energy needs of refugees, through which she is developing a book on the lived experience of energy in refugee camps. 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 at Imperial College London and 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 – now FCDO). Her Twitter handle is: @SarahLRosenberg.

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