We’ve got some more exciting research news to share at SolarAid! We have received funding for a three year collaborative PhD project with the University of Edinburgh looking at the waste, recycling and repair of solar lights in Africa.
The issue of recycling is something that is really important to us at SolarAid as in a few years some of the solar lights we sell will come to the end of their life and we want to make sure that they are disposed of properly, or that parts can be reused or recycled.
The project will look at existing processes, practices in similar markets and make recommendations for a sustainable solution.
Dr Jamie Cross, Lecturer in Anthropology and Development & Deputy Director of the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, will supervise the project, as well as support from me. The student will also work closely with an international advisory group created to inform, shape and support the project to ensure the work stays relevant and appropriate for use in the sector.
The deadline for applying for the project is 16 May and you can find the job description here. If you’d like more information then just get in touch.