School of Social and Political Science

Silvia Pergetti

Job Title

PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology

Research interests

Research interests

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.

Thesis title: Electric Masculinities: Re-Producing Energy Infrastructure in India's Sundarbans

Supervisors: Professor Jamie Cross, Dr Juli Huang


Social scientist with a solid background in Social Anthropology, Development Studies, and Economics and 12 years of international experience working on energy access in development settings. Skilled at both qualitative and quantitative research methods for evaluating the socioeconomic impact of off-grid energy technologies. Proven track record of stakeholder engagement for data collection in rural settings and a growing portfolio of projects working as an independent consultant and researcher.

Contributor to ANUAC Rivista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale


2017-18: MScR Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

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

Prizes and Awards

2017: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Scholarship 1+3

2017: LSE Lucy Mair prize for best MSc Anthropology and Development dissertation (2016/2017)

Guest lectures

2022-23: Fuelling & Fixing (Climate Change) (Week 6 on UG course Social Life and Climate Change)

2022-23: Technology in the Anthropology of Development (Week 9 on PG course People First)

2022-23: Ways of Seeing Energy in Anthropology (Week 10 on UG-PG course Energy in the Global South)

Panels organised

Through a Feminist Lens: Unsettling South Asian Masculinities (2022 AAA Annual Meeting)

Works within