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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Megan Douglas

Megan Douglas
Megan Douglas
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
International development, energy security, Humanitarian intervention, ethnography, Migration and development, Refugee studies, Forced displacement, energy justice, sustainable energy, gender

Research Project Description
My research is an ethnograpic exploration of the intersection of sustainable energy technologies and informal livelihoods within refugee camps in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in understanding the livelihood strategies of refugees connected with off-grid energy generation and storage; energy infrastructures and their effect on refugee exchange networks; informal market approaches to increasing access to cleaner and more modern energy solutions.

2017-present: PhD in International Development, University of Edinburgh

2014-2015: MSc in International Development, University of Edinburgh

2008-2012: BSc Hons in Political Science, University of Toronto

Academic Awards: 

2017-2020:  Perfect Storms: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship

2018: Edinburgh Award for Professionalism in Community Engagement

2015:  The Toni Kearton Prize for Best Masters Dissertation in the SSPS


Not Just Energy Futures Group, University of Edinburgh

SSPS PGT Peer Mentorship Scheme, University of Edinburgh

Safe & Responsible Field Research working group, University of Edinburgh

Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh


2018: Invisible Dust, Under Her Eye Fellow, London

2017: MaRS StudioY Systems Change Fellow, Toronto

Other Achievements:

Co-founder, Refugee705

Completed the Edinburgh half-marathon (2018), Toronto Scotiabank maraton (2017),  Great Lakes half-marathon (2015), Massey Half-marathon (2013)

Dr Jamie Cross, Social Anthropology
Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse, Centre of African Studies