Solar Aid and the University of Edinburgh Launch a Three Year PhD Project

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Solar Aid and the University of Edinburgh Launch a Three Year PhD Project

SolarAid and the University of Edinburgh announced a new research partnership; a three year collaborative PhD project looking at waste, recycling and repair of solar lights in Africa, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Kat Harrison, Director of Research & Impact at SolarAid explained, "The issue of recycling is something that is really important to us at SolarAid as in a few years some of the solar lights we sell will come to the end of their life and we want to make sure that they are disposed of properly, or that parts can be reused or recycled." The project will look at existing processes, practices in similar markets and make recommendations for a sustainable solution. Dr Jamie Cross, Lecturer in Anthropology & Development and Deputy Director of the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, will supervise the project, alongside support from SolarAid. The student will also work closely with an advisory group created to inform, shape and support the project to ensure the work stays relevant and appropriate for use in the sector. This advisory group may be formed of the GOGLA Working Group on Lifecycle and Recycling. "This PhD is an excellent example of collaborative research between UK higher education and the third sector that is directly addressed to global development challenges. By focusing on the re-use and recycling of solar lighting systems in sub-Saharan Africa the project will make a major contribution to the way we understand the social life of low carbon energy technologies and address the growing challenge of technological waste. SolarAid's support for the project means that the research is primed to make a real contribution to the off-grid solar lighting industry from the beginning." Dr. Cross. For anyone wanting to apply, the closing date is Friday 16th May and further details can be found here. If you are interested to be part of the advisory group then contact Kat Harrison on kat.harrison@solar-aid.org.  

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