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Dr Dana Abi Ghanem - personal details

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Dr Dana Abi Ghanem

Role: Research Associate at Tyndall

Tel: 0161 275-4350

Location: Pariser Building-H1
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre, with an interest in electricity consumption and smart grid development, renewable energy technologies, consumption and everyday practices.

I am interested in the intersections between technology design and consumption, particularly new energy technologies, their conception and adoption. My research engages with scholarship from science and technology studies, sociology, theories of practice, and cultural geography.

My current research is structured around the following projects:

1) Active Distribution network with full integration of Demand and distributed energy RESourceS (ADDRESS): I am a researcher on this FP7 project, with Sarah Mander and Joseph Mutale. This research explores the impact of Active Demand technologies on energy consumption in homes and small business through field trials in Europe.

2) RESNET: Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain: I am a researcher on WP5 of this project, with Sarah Mander and Clair Gough. The aim of RESNET is to develop and demonstrate an approach to analyse the reliability of the UK electricity system in the context of climate change and to develop tools for quantifying the value of adaptations that would enhance its resilience. WP 5 will explore the societal implications and identify potential barriers to adaptation measures.

3) Power outages in post-war Lebanon: socio-material practices for maintaining electrical services in homes: The principal aims of the project are to understand the social and material networks that make up everyday power supply for homes in urban Lebanon in the context of endemic power cuts. The project will generate empirical knowledge about this dimension of daily life in the city and the coping strategies adopted by households in Beirut, as they try to reconcile their ordinary expectations and aspirations with the reality of power shortages in Lebanon.