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Ms Raihana Ferdous


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PDRA in the Department of Anthropology  
Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography301+44 (0) 191 33 41866
Research Postgraduate (PhD) , Urban Worlds301+44 (0) 191 33 41866



Raihana’s research interests lie broadly in the field of energy, environment, consumption and development. She holds an MA in Social and Cultural Geography from the University of Sheffield. Raihana had her first degree from Anthropology and soon after she graduated she joined as a research assistant in an ESRC funded multidisciplinary project the Waste of the World. 

Thesis Title: Towards a Spatial Understanding of Solar Energy Transition: The making of a solar energy market in Bangladesh and the experiences of on-grid and off-grid households.

Based on her PhD research, Raihana has recently produced a short documentary Off the Grid with Meghna Gupta, Soul Rebel Films. Off the Grid narrates an emotional journey of solar energy users and their everyday lives.

Raihana is also a co-investigator on an ESRC/DFID Development Frontiers research project: 'Energy on the Move: longitudinal perspectives on energy transitions among marginal populations'. The research examines the energy practices of urban poor women, men and young people living in informal settlements in peri-urban situations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan and how these are changing, drawing comparative lessons across the study countries.

Teaching Experiences

Academic tutor: Human Geography: Space and Place in a Changing World, Environment and Society and Introduction to Research Method. Geographies of Development, Geographies of Contemporary Unfree Labour, Urban Geography, Using Geographical Skills and Techniques

Research interests

  • Energy and Society
  • Low Carbon Energy Transition
  • Gender
  • Political Economy
  • Urban
  • South Asia

Research groups