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Social Anthropology:


Silvia Pergetti

Silvia Pergetti
Silvia Pergetti
Research Interests
Energy transition, Solar energy, Distributed generation, International development, Rural electrification, Materiality, Infrastructure, Grid, India, West Bengal

I am a PhD student in Social Anthropology with a strong interest in the link between access to energy and development. My research focuses on the electrification of India’s Sundarbans, an area extremely vulnerable to climate change that harbours more than 4 million people. In particular, I pay close attention to the material politics of distributed solar energy systems on the Island of Sagar, West Bengal, where competing visions for the future are both in tension with each other and complicated by rising sea levels. My research aims to add nuance to the concept of ‘energy transition’ and the monolithic narratives through which it is often expressed.

At the University of Edinburgh, I am a member of the Not Just Energy Futures research group.

Supervisors: Jamie Cross, Jeevan Sharma


2017-18: MScR Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

2015-17: MSc Anthropology and Development, London School of Economics

Prizes and Awards:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Scholarship 1+3

Lucy Mair prize for best Anthropology and Development dissertation (2016/2017, awarded by the London School of Economics)