Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes (MUEL) in the Global South

Duration: 07/13 - 06/16

The promotion of low carbon, inclusive energy systems in developing urban contexts requires complex political and spatial interventions that reflect the particular conditions of each city. Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes (MUEL) in the Global South examines four case study areas – Bangalore (India), Lima (Peru), Maputo (Mozambique) and Nanchang (China) – to identify current challenges and possible ways forward to improve the sustainability of energy systems and facilitate energy access.

The project aims to develop a more nuanced and multidimensional assessment of local energy needs by extending the focus beyond technical considerations such as efficiency to look at the social and governance issues of energy supply. The findings will not only support citizens and policy makers in the four case study cities in developing strategies to enhance their future energy systems, but also will provide international organisations, planning specialists and cities elsewhere with an innovative and practical evidence base on solutions to urban energy challenges in the Global South.

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Vanesa Castán Broto (Principal Investigator, Senior Lecturer)

A bottom-up understanding of the coproduction of energy systems and social practices in cities.

Collation of a comparative evidence on urban energy systems in four cities through innovative forms of mapping and qualitative research.

A critique of current development interventions and evaluation of the potential to address urban energy poverty through partnerships with a number of NGOs, consultancies and international organisations.

Generation of debates about energy sustainability at the local level through participatory mapping of energy systems.

Broto, V.C., Salazar, D. and Adams, K., ‘Communities and urban energy landscapes in Maputo, Mozambique‘, People, Place and Policy, 8 (3), 19 December 2014.

Broto, V.C., ‘Contradiction, intervention and urban low carbon transitions‘, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space’, 1 December 2015.

Urban energy transitions: spatial and temporal aspects

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