Charcoal Diaries

Energy, rural livelihoods, natural resources

Debunking Charcoal Myths: Part 4

This next blog entry draws on my most recent data chapter, which focusses on charcoal producers. Whilst I won’t go into all the details of my analysis quite yet, some of … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Debunking charcoal myths: Charcoal is an energy for the urban poor

During my PhD fieldwork, I was fortunate to co-supervise a Masters student from Southampton. Sam Holmes spent two months with me in Malawi as part of his Master’s research, collecting household data … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

First paper published!

This is a very overdue update, but better late than never… In August, I had my first paper published in peer review. For those of you reading this who aren’t … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

A burning charcoal issue: Livelihoods matter

Last week I was incredibly fortunate to attend the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. The underlying message for the conference resonated with me. It was anthropocentric, acknowledging the … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Debunking charcoal myths: Part 2

As I did in my previous post, here is a list of keywords with their definitions and additional links if you want to nerd out! Value-chain: Defined as “the full … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Debunking charcoal myths: Part 1

One of the underlying drivers behind my research is the belief that ecosystem services require equitable governance in order to manage natural resources sustainably. This is essential to improve the … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Trip down memory lane… 6 months into the PhD

I visited Zomba for the first time in June 2013. I only went for three weeks, as a ‘scoping’ exercise to see if my PhD was feasible, but on my … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment