Briefing Paper

The HEED project briefing paper provides an introduction to the key issues in the field of humanitarian engineering and energy. This paper, written by the project team and members of the Technical Advisory Board, prefaces the project, providing insights into the contexts and issues that the project explores.

Other Papers and Outputs

The HEED project will be producing a series of academic papers and other outputs over its lifetime to communicate the findings of the research.

Video Outputs

Cookstoves Monitoring System

Featuring one of our interns, Tomasz Prabucki, this video demonstrates sensor-based monitoring, which is recording the temperature, usage and fuelling patterns of cook stove. In gathering data on cook stoves this will inform discussions on ways to improve the design of ICSs to reflect the lived practices of refugee and IDP communities.

Solar Street Lightening

This video shows how the HEED project is recording data to improve the design and outputs of solar street lightening. By comparing pedestrian footfall before and after the additional of solar street lights to allows data to identify the potential for greater community and commercial activities after dark.

Solar Lanterns

In this video, our HEED project intern, Akshay Pillai, discusses sensor-based monitoring systems on solar lanterns and how the data collected will improve the design of mobile solar lanterns to meet the energy needs and aspirations the refugees and internally displaced people.

Voices of Khalte

This video documentary, directed in July 2019 by Professor Elena Gaura and Eduardo Santangelo, details the lives of internal displaced people in Khalte, Nepal. Khalte, in the Rasuwa district in north -west Kathmandu, was one of the most severely affected districts of the April 2019 earthquake, with many lives lost and homes destroyed. 

In recording the responses to the HEED project’s installation of seven street lights around the camp, the video raises awareness of the lived experiences of energy poverty. In doing so, HEED hopes this will encourage greater discussion on how to meet the energy needs and aspirations of people in the displaced context. 

Conference Poster

A poster that gives a comprehensive overview of the HEED project aims, outputs and impacts. This poster is an invaluable tool in understanding the value of design interventions in approaches to energy solutions for displaced people and refugees.