Beyond the Technological Fix: Sustainable Energy options and Development in Nigeria

Project: Research council

Project Details


Increasing household access to affordable and sustainable sources of domestic energy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is vital for alleviating poverty, attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and combating global climate change. Volatile petroleum markets and global concerns over energy insecurity have led to rapid advancements in ‘green renewables’ such as off-grid solar energy – seen as capable of delivering ‘win-win’ outcomes due to their ability to provide sustainable energy while promoting ‘pro poor’ economic growth. A lacuna in much recent renewable energy research has been the lack of in-depth exploration of the multi-scalar factors that shape the domestic energy choices for poor households in sub-Saharan Africa. There is a pressing need for interdisciplinary approaches that frame energy research more effectively within the broader socio-economic, cultural, behavioural, political, environmental and technological challenges affecting sustainable energy production, access and use. Focusing on Nigeria, Africa’s most populous and energy-hungry country, this research will critically explore these drivers and dynamics of household energy decision-making at three geographically diverse research sites across the country. Informed by technical feasibility considerations and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, the project will build new partnerships, and produce new knowledge and understanding for energy research in Nigeria. This will be the first step in laying the foundations for the submission of a major multi-country research bid to follow.
Short title£35,842
Effective start/end date1/11/1931/07/20