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Declan Murray

Declan Murray
Name
Declan Murray
Title
Organisation
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Address
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
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Research Interests
Electricity, Rubbish, Trash, Solar, Energy, Waste, Power, Design, Repair, Photovoltaics, E-waste, Maintenance, Infrastructure
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/social_anthropology/declan_murray

PhD Title

Solar waste? An ethnography of repair in Kenya's off-grid energy markets

My research uses the case of solar to explore how Kenya's repair culture and economy is being altered by the introduction of new business models.  I suggest that although sites of repair differ in terms of appearance and process there are elements of the repairwork itself that are constant regardless of institutional context.  By focusing on fixing and tinkering we can also critically examine technical interventions and the use of technology in development.

Visit my blog, Solar and Other Stories, to read some updates, see some pictures and have your input on my research.

I am being supervised by Dr Jamie Cross and Dr Jamie Furniss.

If you would like a copy of any of the publications, papers, or lectures listed below just send me an email :)

Publications

Soldering Iron (in Maguire, J.Murray, D. and Wallsten, B"Our Electric Metals." Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology, December 19, 2017)

Lights out for Dandora (Dark Mountain: Issue 8 - Autumn 2015)

Teaching

2017/18:

Geography of Envrionmental Change and Landscapes (MSc) - Université de Toulouse II

Research Design and Practice (MSc) - University of Edinburgh

2016/17: 

Social Development (Undergraduate: 3rd and 4th year) - University of Edinburgh

Prizes

Finalist, St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017

College Finalist, Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017