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Social Anthropology:


Declan Murray

Declan Murray
Declan Murray
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Electricity, Rubbish, Trash, Solar, Energy, Waste, Power, Design, Repair, Photovoltaics, E-waste, Maintenance, Infrastructure

My research uses the case of solar to explore how Kenya's repair culture and economy is being altered by the introduction of new business models.  I suggest that although sites of repair differ in terms of appearance and process there are elements of the repairwork itself that are constant regardless of institutional context.  By focusing on fixing and tinkering we can also critically examine technical interventions and the use of technology in development.

Visit my blog, Solar and Other Stories, to read some updates, see some pictures and have your input on my research.

I am being supervised by Dr Jamie Cross and Dr Jamie Furniss.

If you would like a copy of any of the publications, papers, or lectures listed below just send me an email :)


Soldering Iron (in Maguire, J.Murray, D. and Wallsten, B"Our Electric Metals." Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology, December 19, 2017)

Lights out for Dandora (Dark Mountain: Issue 8 - Autumn 2015)



Geography of Envrionmental Change and Landscapes (MSc) - Université de Toulouse II

Research Design and Practice (MSc) - University of Edinburgh


Social Development (Undergraduate: 3rd and 4th year) - University of Edinburgh


Finalist, St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017

College Finalist, Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017