School of Social and Political Science

Silvia Pergetti

Job Title

PhD title: Charged: Imagined Futures and Distributed Generation in the Sundarbans, India


I am a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology with a strong interest in the link between access to energy and development. I study people’s perceptions of schemes for the electrification of India’s Sundarbans. I am particularly interested in the entanglements between the material means of energy production and consumption and the moral ends of development. My research aims to add nuance to the concept of ‘energy transition’ and the monolithic narratives through which it is often expressed.

At the University of Edinburgh, I am a member of the Not Just Energy Futures research group. Currently writing up.

Supervisors: Dr Jamie Cross, Dr Juli Huang


2017-18: MScR Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

2015-17: MSc Anthropology and Development, London School of Economics

Prizes and Awards

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Scholarship 1+3

Lucy Mair prize for best Anthropology and Development dissertation (2016/2017, awarded by the London School of Economics)

Research interests

Research interests

Anthropology of development, Materiality, Infrastructure, Imagination, Modernity, Solar energy, Energy transition, Distributed generation, India, Rural electrification, International development

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