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The ‘Filming Energy’ (FERN) Research Network brings together researchers, policy makers, NGOs and communities involved in the design and delivery of new transitional housing in India and South Africa.

This project will use short documentary films as a method to understand domestic practices and energy demand in low income housing. The films are used to communicate the occupants’ daily realities to policy makers and professionals involved in the design and delivery of the new housing and energy infrastructure. The films will be screened in workshops in Mumbai, Cape Town and Cambridge.

Examples of our participatory film-making in Cape Town and Mumbai.

Funded by AHRC GCRF Research Network Grant.

Principal Investigator: Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank, University of Cambridge

Co-Investigator: Dr Ronita Bardhan, University of Cambridge

Research Partners: Doctors For You, Development Action Group, The City of Cape Town, Miradi Architects


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