Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (GENUS) [2018-2019]

Alternate Tuesdays 12:00-14:00 during Term-time

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road


This new, inter-disciplinary, research group was set up in 2017. It spans four departments in Cambridge (Geography, Engineering, Architecture and the Judge Business School) and three Schools.

The group has two core aims:

1. Conducting research on sustainable and innovative forms of energy for urban dwellers.

It respond to widespread knowledge that the world faces an energy crisis (i.e. natural resources cannot cope with rapidly evolving forms of energy demand). This is particularly acute in both the existing and emerging urban areas of Africa and Asia. Recognising that existing academic and policy debates on urban energy largely focus on city-scale responses to climate change, this research group targets the consumer side of reliable and clean energy provision, in particular the energy demands of low income urban households.

2. Implementing an interdisciplinary approach to research that both values and critiques disciplinary difference.

Methodologically the research group adopts an integrated socio-technical approach that recognises the technology of energy as embedded in social relations, and implements this approach by combining expertise from the physical and social sciences.

Alongside practicing an inter-disciplinary approach to research on urban energy, the group is also committed to critiquing assumptions that interdiscplinarity is universally beneficial, while also developing models that address the practicalities of interdisciplinary research.


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Administrative assistance:



Dr Charlotte Lemanski  (Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography)
Dr Ruchi Choudhary  (Reader, Department of Engineering)
Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank  (Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture)
Professor Jaideep Prabhu  (Judge Businnes School)
Dr Ruth Massey  (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography)
Dr Anika Haque  (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Architecture)
Mr Andre Neto-Bradley  (PhD Student, Department of Engineering)
Mr Ramit Debnath, (PhD Student, Department of Architecture)
Ronita Bardham  (Visitng Fellow at CRASSH, Centre for Urban Science & Engineering, Indian Institute for Technology, Bombai, India)

Faculty Advisors

Professor Bhaskar Vira (Director University of Cambridge Conservation Institute and Department of Geography)
Professor Ash Amin  (1931 Professor of Geography and Head of Geography Department)
Professor Peter Guthrie  (Director of Research in Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering)
Professor Koen Steemers  (Professor of Sustainable Design, Department of Architecture)

Programme 2018-19


Global Energy Nexus
Internal Planning Meeting
09 October 2018, Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Close meeting today - Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

Interdisciplinary Reading Group
23 October 2018, Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

Informality, Energy Services, Risk and Resilience in African Cities
06 November 2018, Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

 Idalina Baptista (Oxford), David Dodman (IIED) - Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

Energy and Low-Income Urban Settlements in Global South (India and South Africa)
20 November 2018, Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Minna Sunikka-Blank (Architecture), Anika Haque (Architecture), Ronita Bardhan (IIT-B), Charlotte Lemanski (Geography), Ruth Massey (Geography) - Global Energy Nexus i(GENUS)

Internal Planning Meeting
22 January 2019, Venue and time TBC

- Global Energy Nexus i(GENUS)

Socio-Technical Interdisciplinary Approaches to Energy Studies
05 February 2019, Seminar Room SG2*, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road NB Different room today*

Reading and discussion group- Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

Socio-Technical Interdisciplinary Approaches to Energy Studies 2
19 February 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Kathryn Janda (UCL), Stefan Bouzarovski  (Manchester), Catherine Mei Ling Wong  (Luxembourg) - Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

'How Does Interdisciplinarity Function in Practice for You?'
05 March 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Presentations and debate - Global Energy Nexus (GENUS)

Urban Energy and Housing in Africa and Asia: Inter-Disciplinary Dialogues Workshop
30 May 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT



Written by Anika Nasra Haque
Contributors: Minna Sunikka-Blank and Ronita Bardhan

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