Raihana’s research is concerned with the development of sustainable energy and technology and in their shaping of the human and more than human worlds. Raihana has an extensive background in both Human Geography and Social Anthropology and has worked with various inter and multi-disciplinary teams. She is curious about different disciplinary approaches and always brings her multidisciplinary perspective to research that is empirically located in the Global South. Methodologically, Raihana values long-term ethnographic engagement and co-production of knowledge engaging with creative methods such as visual, storytelling, and following the networks and materials.
Research group membership
Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) (RGS)
Sustainable Futures Network (SFA)
Durham Energy Institute (DEI)
Low Carbon energy for development (LCDEN)
Research grants and awards
2020/21 Co-I for Kitchen Life: Towards Clean Cooking Services in Bangladesh and Malawi funded by GCRF-SFC (£74,176)
2017/2018 Co-I for Energy on the Move: longitudinal perspectives on energy transitions among marginal populations (a comparative study) funded by DFID-ESRC (£206,316)
Kitchen Life Project
The Kitchen Life project is an interdisciplinary research pilot on sustainable cooking as it relates to energy, air pollution, and nutrition in two regions in Africa and Asia. Taking the ‘kitchen’ as the unit of analysis, three interlinked aspects will be investigated: everyday cooking practices, cooking economy and cooking materials. A cultural understanding of everyday kitchen life in Bangladesh and Malawi will contribute essential and often overlooked insights to the related fields of energy, sustainability, and health. This project is funded by SFC-GCRF.
Off the Grid: Notes from a forgotten Island
In colloboration with a filmmaker (Meghna Gupta), I produce a research documentary Off the Grid: Notes from a Forgotten Island based on my PhD research. The film documents the arrival of solar energy to the community and the impact it has on everyday life. Off the Grid explores what the experience of a life without electricity means both emotionally and materially, as we go from light to dark over the course of a day. The documentary has been screened at various academic and non-academic events and has won several awards.
Energy on the Move: longitudinal perspectives on energy transitions among marginal populations
Drawing on comparative lessons across four cities in two continents (Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan), this study examines the energy practices of poor women, men and young people living in informal settlements in peri-urban areas.