Smart Villages webinars

In conjunction with the Smart Villages Initiative, the LCEDN is hosting monthly webinars which focus on a different topic relating to energy development each month. These webinars have been hugely successful to date, drawing in large audiences from diverse career backgrounds.


Upcoming webinars.


Details of the next webinar to be updated in due course.


Past webinars.

Most recently held:


29 September 2017, 12:00 BST onwards. Webinar topic: ‘Perspectives on energy justice: views from the UK, India, and Myanmar’.

The webinar can be viewed here.

On 11-12 September, the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) held its annual conference on the topic of “Equity and Energy Justice” at Durham University, UK. As a follow-up to this conference, we have held two webinars (September and October 2017) to share highlights from the conference.

This month, we were joined by the conference’s first Keynote Speaker, Dr Rosie Day, who reflected on the broader theme of energy justice given her extensive experience in this burgeoning field. We were also joined by Dr Shikha Lakhanpal, who spoke in the panel ‘Governance, Power, and Resistance’, and shared examples from India. Lastly, Ms Dipti Vaghela, who spoke on the panel ‘Market Solutions? Entrepreneurialism, Productive Uses, and Equity’ spoke about her experience with community-focused renewable energy entrepreneurs in Myanmar.


  • Dr Rosie Day, Senior Lecturer of Environment and Society in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham
  • Dr Shikha Lakhanpal, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India
  • Ms Dipti Vaghela, Fulbright Public Policy Fellow, Myanmar



31 August 2017, 14:00 GMT onwards. Webinar topic: ‘Scaling up distributed renewable energy for healthcare in India’.

The webinar can be viewed here.

This month, Smart Villages and LCEDN partnered with Power for All to deliver a webinar about the nexus between universal healthcare (SDG3) and universal electricity access (SDG7). As a follow up to our February webinar, “Healthy villages are smart villages”, we asked – how does distributed renewable energy help to make villages healthier places? What type of evidence do we need to show the impact of renewable energy on health outcomes? And how do we begin to think about scaling this up? We focused in particular on India.

Our first speaker, Dr. Hem Dholakia, ‎Senior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), recently completed a ground-breaking study on the impacts of solar electricity access on primary healthcare service provision in rural India. Dr. Dholakia shared findings for the first time in this webinar. We were pleased to welcome Prasanta K. Pradhan from Oxfam India, the Lead Specialist for Essential Services and leader of Oxfam’s Inequality Campaign from India. SELCO Foundation Programme Manager Vivek Shastry spoke about the opportunity for innovative public-private collaboration to improve impact on rural healthcare in India.


  • Hem Dholakia, CEEW
  • Prasanta K. Pradhan, Oxfam India
  • Vivek Shastry, SELCO Foundation


Webinar archives:

All past webinars can be accessed at




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