The HEED newsletter brings together researchers and practitioners working on energy humanitarian projects by featuring a range of topics and items of interest.

The Newsletter features:

  • HEED Project outcomes and learning milestones
  • Research, people and organisations that share the values of the HEED Project
  • Insights into the HEED Team and Project Partners
  • Forthcoming Events and Network opportunities

We welcome contributions and feedback so we can offer a forum that generates lively discussion, thought-provoking insights and make valuable connections between those involved and interested in humanitarian engineering.

September 2019

Gendered energy needs and aspirations of displaced communities in Nepa. Professor Elena Gaura talks about how E4E workshops in Nepal are working with displaced women in Uttargaya, Nepal.

Latest Research from the Moving Energy Initiative. The Moving Energy Initiative latest research highlights new opportunities, partnerships and mechanisms in regard to financing energy access in displaced settings.

Negotiating the Field: Partnering on Community Based Projects in Rwanda. We hear from Dr Thomas Yeboah on the progress of the HEED project in Rwanda to find community-based solutions to energy poverty.

November 2019

The HEED Renewable Energy Recommendations Tool (RERT): An Aid in Energy Planning Vijay Bhopal, from Scene, talks about the RERT as a valuable resource when planning for energy services.

Improving Access to Energy Through Multi-Function Solar Street Lights As HEED completes the installation of multi-function street lights in Nepal, Dr Nandor Verba from Coventry University, discusses how communities are engaging with this design intervention.

Cook Stoves, Monitors and  Lessons Learnt from Rwanda We hear from Dr Kriti Bhargava on the progress of the HEED cookstove design interventions in Rwanda and how it can help in the future design of cookstove

January 2020

The Importance of Co-design for Sustainable Community Projects’ As the HEED project concludes in Khalte, Nepal, Dr Chas Morrison reports back on community engagement with energy interventions and what it means for future projects.

‘Rethinking Energy Economies for Refugees’ Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen, a researcher on Humanitarian energy, based at the Refugee Centre, Oxford University on shifting approaches to energy economies in the humanitarian context.

Operations, Opportunities and Ownership: The Micro-Grid, Kigeme, Rwanda Coventry University’s Dr Jonathan Nixon, team leader on the HEED micro-grid intervention, reflects on community responses to transferring ownership of the micro-grid from the project to the people in Kigeme Camp, Rwanda.

March 2020

Welcome to this special edition Commissioned and curated by HEED,  ‘Agency of Change: Human Stories’ is a series of images by the humanitarian photographer Edoardo Santangelo recording HEED’s work in Nepal and Rwanda from 2018-2019.

In documenting the impact of the HEED project on refugees in Rwanda and internally displaced people in Nepal, these photos give insight into the relationship between energy poverty and technologies in the displaced context.

May 2020

‘Is Sustainable Attainable?’ Using HEED as a case study, Vijay Bhopal and Sandy Robinson explore the sustainability of energy interventions in the displaced context.

Update on HEED Conference ‘Agency of Change: Energy in the Displaced Setting’, Wednesday 1st July 2020, Coventry University, Coventry to be postponed till Wednesday 4th November 2020. Professor Ben Soovacool confirmed as the keynote speaker.

Catch Up with … Kriti Bhargava HEED team member Dr Kriti Bhargava is a research fellow at Coventry University. Part of the next generation of computer scientists, Kriti discusses working on a humanitarian engineering project as an early career researcher.