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This is in an international partnership with developing country institutions.

The partnership works towards providing policymakers with information and approaches that they can apply to unlock the potential of bioenergy to improve energy access and livelihoods in poor communities.

Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES)

Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES)

PISCES is a five year Research Programme Consortium funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

Its objective is to produce policy-relevant information and approaches that can be applied by governments in developing the role of bioenergy in delivering energy access for the poor.

Put simply, PISCES is about ‘New Knowledge for Sustainable Bioenergy’.

Over 2 billion of the world's poorest people rely on bioenergy, in the form of firewood or charcoal, for basic energy services every day. PISCES is developing the new knowledge that can help turn this reliance into control over a sustainable energy future. The latest development to these ends is partners’ work with newly-formed Policy Working Groups in the PISCES countries

Dr Thomas Molony

Senior Research Fellow, African Studies, School of Social and Political Science

The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Practical Action UK, conducts its research with partner institutions in Kenya, India, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

The team

The PISCES partners are:

  • The University of Edinburgh - in a cross-college partnership between the Centre of African Studies (School of Social and Political Science, College of Arts and Humanities) and the Institute of Energy Systems (School of Engineering, College of Science and Engineering)
  • African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya (lead partner)
  • M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
  • Practical Action East Africa, Kenya
  • Practical Action South Asia, Sri Lanka
  • The University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Practical Action UK

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