Lucy Stevens Urban Services and Energy

Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Energy and Urban WASH and waste management

Lucy’s interests are in two areas: energy access for the poor, and urban poverty with a particular focus on improving access to basic services for slum dwellers. She leads Practical Action’s international influencing work in these areas, for playing a leading role in producing the Poor People’s Energy Outlook.

Lucy has worked for Practical Action since 2002, with 10 years of experience in supporting multi-country projects in urban participatory planning and service delivery across Practical Action’s programmes in Africa and South Asia. She also led evidence and learning initiatives across the infrastructure services programme (covering both energy, WASH, housing and transport).

Lucy has an educational background in geography (Oxford) and development studies (IDS, Sussex), with her PhD (Oxford) looking at the sustainable livelihoods impacts of government slum upgrading programmes in South Africa, where she worked for a development consultancy C A S E.

 
 
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  • ‘Woman’s Hour’ in Odisha
    Growing up and becoming a young woman in India can be a confusing, terrifying prospect in some rural and poor urban communities. Young women are given the barest of facts and no proper explanation of what is happening to their bodies. Traditions tell them they are both ‘unclean’ while menstruating; and that they are ‘now a woman’. They face up to the terrifying prospect (still practiced in some rural communities) of physical isolation in separate huts for the entirely of […]
  • World Urban Forum 9: The good, the same-old, the hopeful, the shocking…
    The World Urban Forum (WUF9) is a major conference run every two years by UN-Habitat. This year it took place in the city of Kuala Lumpur from 7-13 February 2018. The last time this global community came together was in October 2016 to negotiate the ‘New Urban Agenda’ – the global urban agreement endorsed by the UN General Assembly about the future of the world’s cities. It was meant to give a steer to how all 17 Sustainable Development Goals should […]
  • Trade-offs and choices: realities in urban sanitation projects
    Development charities don’t often talk about the difficulties; about the delays and frustrations. They will tell you of the awful situation people faced, and then “ta dah” here’s our solution. Why? Because we don’t want to apportion blame or appear somehow incompetent. But shouldn’t we try to look at the underlying difficulties: alert others, adjust our programming and try to make the system work better? Isn’t there value in being a little more transparent about the difficulties? My visit to […]
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