Frugal Innovation Histories

This is a broadly scoped empirical study to understand how new ‘frugal’ innovations are developed bottom-up, and how frugality drives the product development process and the market creation process.

Digital platforms and household resilience in Mathare, Nairobi.

This is an empirical research project that examines in what ways access and use of digital platforms varies between and within households in a large informal settlement in Nairobi, and how this may influence the capacity of households to cope with shocks and disturbances.

Multi-purpose community centre for learning and social cohesion in Dandora

This is a community resilience initiative to help children, youth and the larger Dandora community to cope with the disproportionate impacts of COVID19 (measures) on the social and economic well-being [...]

Community Resilience Pathways in Nairobi’s informal settlements

This research project explores and compares the evolutionary processes through which two large informal settlements in Nairobi became more resilient to shocks and disturbances: what pathways did they follow and [...]

Sustainability, Inclusivity and Governance of Mini-grids in Africa (SIGMA)

Although off-grid and decentralised solutions are expected to play a significant role and mini-grids are assumed to be a game changer for a rapid, cost-effective, pro-poor, universal electrification globally, the […]

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG)

The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme is an action-oriented research programme funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to support investment in sustainable energy and transport systems […]

Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS)

Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) is a five-year programme funded by UK Aid (DFID) which aims to spark a revolution through rapidly accelerating the transition from biomass to clean cooking […]