I’m a 1st year PhD student at the Centre of African Studies within the University of Edinburgh. My academic research focuses on market-driven approaches used by development intermediaries to support the growth of rural markets for small-scale renewable energy technologies (RETs). I have a background in low carbon consultancy, particularly climate change strategy and renewable energy policy.
In this presentation I present some of the findings of my initial literature review, which examines the study of markets within economic sociology as a conceptual framework, and links it to applied ethnography and market mapping as a research tool. I also outline my proposed research design, which will hopefully examine two renewable energy market-support projects run by NGOs in Africa. The aim is to investigate the social structure within the emerging market itself and analyse the nature of the relationships between the different markets actors and also with the development intermediaries and other external actors or conditions which impact the market.
I’ve tried to make the presentation fairly self-explanatory so I will keep this introduction brief, but in terms of themes to explore I’d like to draw your attention to the further ideas outlined on slide 9. I’m also very interested to hear any comments or questions related to any aspect of the presentation or my research.
g.l.davies at sms.ed.ac.uk
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