Ph.D. Course: 'Women, Energy and Health: Questioning Current Paradigms for Development and Social Change'

The Ph.D. course is organised by the Centre for Development and the Environment's (SUM) research area on Energy and Consumption, SUM Research School and the Interfaculty research area Livelihoods in Developing Countries (LEVE) at the University of Oslo, Norway. The course will be held at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) 6-8 January 2014.

The final application deadline is 15 October, 2013.

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The principal objective of this course is to review and question the underlying assumptions on social change that inform the current paradigms within development discourses on women, energy and health. We wish to enable doctoral students to better understand key concepts, debates and perspectives in energy, health and gender equality for the purposes of research, policy making and/or concrete programmes and projects. In addition to lectures, the course will allow researchers conducting PhD research to present their own work and comment on that of others, guided by senior experienced academics who are themselves working in this field. Plese read the course description for more information.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course will appeal to doctoral students from a variety of backgrounds, such as anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, medical science, public health, gender studies, development studies, engineering, economics and area studies.

The organisers have some funds available to cover the cost of accommodation (meals not included) for selected students from outside Oslo; if you are in need of such support please state this in your application.

Similarly, there is funding available for a limited number of travel scholarships for selected students (please consult point 4 under 'Application procedures').

All participants will be required to submit a draft paper for discussion and comments during the course.




  • Jane L. Parpart, Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.


  • Emma Crewe, Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology,  The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK.


  • Rachel Tolhurst, Senior Lecturer in Social Science in International Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.


  • Margaret N. Matinga, Independent Scholar and Consultant, Energy and Rural Development, Malawi.


  • Sidsel Roalkvam, Associate Professor, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway.


  • Tanja Winther, Senior researcher, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway.
Published Aug. 5, 2013 1:40 PM - Last modified Mar. 13, 2018 1:36 PM