Webinar: Going off the grid: Disaster, resilience, and off-grid energy

When disaster strikes, a community’s ability to respond and recover is tested, whether it is affected by a flood, an earthquake, a drought, a tsunami, or a hurricane, and whether it is located in a rural, urban, or peri-urban area.

In this webinar, we’ll bring together experts who have worked in Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Caribbean to discuss disaster and resilience, including how these issues relate to off-grid energy and energy access, agricultural communities, and “smart villages” that are better able to respond to disasters.


Bernie Jones, Project Co-Leader, Smart Villages Initiative
Long Seng To, Research Fellow, University College London
Tariq Zaman, Lecturer and Research Fellow, UNIMAS
Shorna Allred, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Cornell University

Ahead of this workshop, you may be interested to read the report and policy brief that Smart Villages and the Asia Research Institute published on these issues.

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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 www.e4sv.org.

We welcome your ideas for future webinars!
Please get in touch with Molly Hurley-Dépret (molly@e4sv.org) or Ed Brown (E.D.Brown@lboro.ac.uk)

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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: http://e4sv.org/resources/