On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion at Beirut’s port killed at least 200 people and caused up to $15bn in damage to buildings and infrastructure – including the destruction of the public electricity company building. It was the latest blow for a country battling a 30-year energy crisis and facing chronic shortages as a result of an ageing infrastructure based around fossil fuels.
Now, against a backdrop of popular demands for economic and political reforms, Professor Henrietta Moore (Director, Institute for Global Prosperity) and Dr Ala’a Shehabi (Deputy Director, Institute for Global Prosperity) have been granted £20,000 from the UK Research and Innovation department to run a pilot research and engagement initiative: a citizens’ assembly focusing on energy transition.
Deputy Director, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, The Bartlett Faculty of The Built Environment, and Data Manager, RELIEF Centre
Founder and Director, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, Chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design, The Bartlett Faculty of The Built Environment