WISIONS of Sustainability
The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Meet the WISIONS team at the "Progress in Biogas" International Conference in Stuttgart
News from WISIONS posted on August 25th, 2014
In a session at the practitioners’ forum, which takes place during the conference, the WISIONS team will present a study entitled "Factors affecting dissemination of domestic biogas in developing countries".
In addition to the conference, there is the opportunity to take part in an agricultural field trip on 12 September as well as a study tour through Germany focusing on "Waste digestion" from 15-18 September.
For more information, including a detailed programme of all the presentations and posters, visit: International Conference: Progress in Biogas III
Meet the WISIONS team at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014 in London
News from WISIONS posted on August 19th, 2014
In recent years the research and teaching activities of universities have been challenged by a wide range of new encounters, including commercialisation, open innovation, participatory social science, engaged arts, and public engagement. These new encounters are disrupting conceptions of where knowledge resides, how problems are framed, and who should be mobilised to influence research. "Co-production" is the term increasingly used to describe these new encounters, and is shaping research council agendas, institutional practices, and academic identities.
The aim of this conference is to reflect on the challenges and new opportunities that arise when geographers reflect what we think we know against the "other", those who start from a different entry point and bring different perspectives to our field of knowledge. It will provide opportunities to examine the challenges of multi-disciplinarity, and explore how different communities might deploy each other’s perspectives to create new understandings.
The WISIONS presentation "Need-oriented approach in small-scale energy projects in developing regions – lessons learned" is part of the session "Social Justice, Mobility and Energy Demand (2)" on Thursday, 28 August.
Visit the Royal Georgraphical Society’s website to read more about the Annual International Conference 2014 of the Royal Geographical Society and to access the Conference Programme.
New article: "Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries"
News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2014
Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.
To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, hydro), user needs (electricity, food preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.
You can access and download the full paper under an OpenAccess license on the ScienceDirect website.