Research Team

Cool Infrastructures is a collaboration between research institutions in Scotland, Cameroon, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, France, Germany and Singapore.

Details of the research team can be found below.

Details of current research opportunities can be found here.

Sulfikar Amir

Associate Professor of Science, Technology, & Society
Sociology Programme, School of Social Sciences,
Nanjang Technical University, Singapore.

Sulfikar’s research interests primarily focus on examining institutional, political, and epistemological dimensions of scientific knowledge and technological systems. He has conducted research on technological nationalism, development and globalisation, nuclear politics, risk and disaster, design studies, city and infrastructure, and resilience. Sulfikar is the author of The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics and the editor of The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster. Sulfikar Amir is also a documentary filmmaker. He has directed and produced three documentary films, all focusing on nuclear issues. The latest one is Healing Fukushima which chronicles the role and experiences of medical experts in Fukushima in dealing with radiation hazard in the aftermath of nuclear disaster.

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Nausheen H. Anwar

Professor of City & Regional Planning &
Director, Karachi Urban Lab
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts,
Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Nausheen received her PhD in City & Regional Planning from Columbia University, USA. Nausheen’s work focuses on the politics of urban planning and infrastructural development. She has authored a book: Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), which explores, through detailed cases of Sialkot and Faisalabad in industrializing Punjab, the double-edged narratives of development that frame infrastructure in post-independence Pakistan. Nausheen is the recipient of several grants from DFID, IDRC, AHRC-ESRC, UKRI/GCRF, National University Singapore and Harvard University. Nausheen’s work has appeared in the journals AntipodeUrban Studies, EPWSingapore Journal of Tropical GeographySouth Asian History and Culture, and Environment & Planning A.

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Jamie Cross

Professor of Social and Economic Anthropology
University of Edinburgh

Jamie is Principal Investigator for the Cool Infrastructures project. Over the past decade Jamie’s work has examined how fuel and electricity organises or re-organises life in places of chronic global poverty, with a particular focus on the off grid energy markets across the global south. He is the author of Dream Zones: Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India and his recent writing has been published in Limn, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He is also the co-designer of Solar What?! an award winning open source, solar powered lamp built to challenge the social and material politics of technology in the off grid solar industry.

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Daniel Friedrich

Lecturer in Mathematics for Engineering Applications,
School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Daniel is a Lecturer in Mathematics for Engineering Applications in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is Theme Leader of the Energy Storage group and leads the thermal energy theme in the Energy@Ed network, combining its research strengths in energy. His research covers mathematical modelling, simulation and optimisation of energy systems and, in particular, thermal energy system integration. This includes the accurate and efficient simulation of the complete energy system, e.g. district heating and cooling systems, as well as the simulation of specific components, e.g. solar-powered Stirling cooler. He is the author of over 40 publications in the areas of energy systems and thermal energy storage. DF is Principal Investigator for the EPSRC project INTEGRATE and the REPSCORE Innovate UK project, as well as Co-Investigator for the EPSRC projects Multisim and FlexICCS within which he is leading the process modelling and optimisation work packages.

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Rachel Harkness

Lecturer in Design Ecologies
School of Design, University of Edinburgh

Rachel  is interested in how people make manifest their (eco-)designs for living. For the last decade her creative and anthropological research has centred upon the topics of building, making and materials, learning-through-doing, the senses, and importantly, on environmental values and action. Her doctoral work was with people building their own off-grid eco-homes, and themes from that work of labour, energy and the sensing body, the politics and aesthetics of the built environment, and local and vernacular traditions of building appropriately for people and place, have continued in subsequent work. Recently she has been collaborating with colleagues internationally on projects considering the materiality of concrete in our time of ecological crisis, and has been building with eco-builders in Scotland and making art installations inspired by their physical construction work, their practices of participatory design, and their inventive material re-use. She combines teaching contextual and critical studies of design with courses on social and ecological or environmentally-friendly design, and contributes to the new postgraduate MA programme, Design for Change.

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Aalok Khandekar

Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Sociology 
Department of Liberal Arts 
Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad

Aalok holds a doctoral degree in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University. Khandekar’s research focuses on understanding and developing collaborative infrastructures—the (often collaboratively built) socio-technical systems undergirding contemporary lifeworlds that allow a variety of differently situated social actors to come together to address complex issues. Khandekar directs STS Infrastructures (one instance of PECE), a platform supporting a wide-range of initiatives to constitute and bring together a global community of STS researchers, including the Transnational STS Working Group. He is also the incoming editor-in-chief of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, the Open Access journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

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Anant Maringanti

Hyderabad Urban Lab

Anant is a geographer with a PhD from the University of Minnesota and has taught graduate courses at the National University of Singapore and University of Hyderabad. His research and teaching interests centre on questions of urbanization and globalization from the South Asian vantage point. He is currently the Director of the Hyderabad Urban Lab, a multi disciplinary research programme run by the Right to the City Foundation. He has published widely in national and international academic journals on social movements, politics of development and urbanization.

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Marie Morelle

Senior Lecturer in Geography
University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne &
Institut de Recherche pour la Development /
Fondation Paul Ango Ela, Yaounde

Marie is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She is currently on secondment in Cameroon with the Institut de Recherche pour la Development and Fondation Paul Ango Ela.  She teaches development studies and urban planning in the South, social and political geography, and research methodology. Her research questions deal with issues of informal governance, especially the prison in Cameroon, informal activities (street mechanics) and the police. She is currently developing a new research program on urban heritage in Africa. Her most recent work is published in Politique Africaine, Métropoles and L’Espace Politique. 

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Anindrya Nastiti

Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Bandung Institute of Technology

Anindrya is an engineer-by-training who pursues interdisciplinary research in the intersection of environment and human behavior. She is an assisstant professor in the Environmental Management and Technology Research Group, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) . She holds a double PhD degree from ITB and Radboud University, the Netherlands. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on environmental health, environmental economics, community science, and sustainable water and sanitation. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with social scientists on the topic of water security challenges, water governance and stewardship,  human rights to water and sanitation, inclusive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and others. Her recent research has been published in Environment & UrbanizationWIREs Water, and Water Alternatives.

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Elspeth Oppermann

Senior Research Fellow
Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwig Maximilians University

Elspeth is a critical geographer specializing in adaptation to environmental challenges and a Co-Investigator on the Cool Infrastructures Project. Her past research examined discourses of climate change adaptation in the United Kingdom and the social practices through which outdoor workers manage extreme heat in Australia. She is a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health’s Scientific Committee on Thermal Factors, and continues to engage in heat-health research, particularly for those most exposed. Recently, she has particularly explored how the social is co-produced through material-energetic relations, developing an inter-disciplinary, more-than-human social practices approach to the analysis of occupational heat management. Alongside the Cool Infrastructures project, Elspeth is working on a 3-year project led by the National University of Singapore, entitled Surviving and Thriving in a Heat-Safe Singapore. The ‘Heat-Safe’ project looks at health and wellbeing impacts of chronic heat exposure for labourers and their families in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. A multi-discplinary project, it will identify novel cross-domain interventions to help workers not just survive but thrive in a warming world.

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