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Energy Innovation for Low-Cost Housing in India and South Africa: Strategies for Interdisciplinary and Cross-Institutional Dialogue

Energy Innovation for Low-Cost Housing in India and South Africa: Strategies for Interdisciplinary and Cross-Institutional Dialogue

Principal Investigator: Dr Charlotte Lemanski, University of Cambridge

Co-Investigators: Dr Ruchi Choudhary, University of Cambridge; Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank, University of Cambridge; Dr Jaideep Prabhu, University of Cambridge; Dr Jiska de Groot, University of Cape Town; Dr Amir Bazaz, Indian Institute for Human Settlements Bangalore

This research explores how low-income communities, private energy entrepreneurs, and government (at various scales) work in contestation and collaboration to devise and deliver affordable domestic energy that meets the long-term needs and aspirations of low-income households in two rapidly urbanising cities, Bangalore (India) and Cape Town (South Africa). The primary focus is on the role of the three key stakeholders, investigating how government and industry plan and implement energy innovation in government subsidised housing, and the role of low-income households' needs and aspirations in this process. The research has two overarching aims: firstly, to implement an interdisciplinary approach that delivers learning across the physical and social sciences; and secondly, to propose strategies that enable divergent stakeholders and institutions to work collaboratively in producing and implementing innovative energy solutions that are technically-, financially- and culturally-appropriate for government-subsidised housing (in terms of both people and product).

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