On 26 – 28 October, uMAMA Research
Group Leader, Dr Josephine Musango and PhD researcher, Suzanne Smit,
participated at the International Renewable Energy Conference held in
A paper titled, 'an investigation into energy flows in urban slums in an African context'
was presented, which is also co-authored with Dr Zora Kovacic and
Professor Alan Brent of Industrial Engineering and uMAMA Research Group
co-Leader. The paper argues that we need to understand the material reality of slums and their role as complex subsystems
that affect and are affected by the wider urban system. Furthermore, we
need to challenge our conceptions and assumptions about slums and their
inhabitants and engage in real world, bottom-up research that portrays
the material reality of these spaces if we ever want to provide
affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.