The Team

Dr. Jamie Cross Co-Investigator

Jamie specialises in the social study of development, infrastructure and renewable energy technology in the Global South. He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex and is a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh where he is also a director of the Global Development Academy. Jamie has over ten years of field based research experience in India.

Dr. Alice Street Co-Investigator

Alice’s research focuses on the material politics of global health, with a focus on Papua New Guinea and South India. Her research for “Off the Grid” examined the relationships that are built into and sustain physical infrastructures for health in locations that are beyond the reach of centrally planned public infrastructures. She examined the ways in which public health systems contend with infrastructural gaps, and the “humanitarian goods”, such as rapid diagnostic kits or fortified foods, that are being developed as technical solutions to the failures of public health systems.

Stephanie Terreni Brown Research Fellow

Stephanie worked with ‘Off the Grid’ as a research fellow and carried out fieldwork in Knoydart in Northwest Scotland. With over 10 years’ experience project managing research ventures, she has worked in and with universities, colleges and schools specialising in business strategies and feasibility/demand studies for education and knowledge-intensive organisations. She has a successful record of developing and managing high quality projects across a wide range of subject matters, as well as delivering engaging and persuasive outputs. In addition to working across the UK, her work is very much internationally flavoured, with her doctoral research focused on urban sanitation in Kampala, Uganda.

Tristan Partridge Research Fellow

Tristan Partridge worked on ‘Off the Grid’ as a research fellow and carried out fieldwork exploring relational infrastructures for energy on the Isle of Eigg. This followed the completion of his doctoral research on value, precarity and political action conducted in highland Ecuador. His work examines links between resource relations, environmental justice and collaborative action in conditions of marginalisation and uncertainty. He recently joined CNS-UCSB as a postdoctoral scholar and is researching the various expectations people place on state institutions in relation to natural resources (in terms of both protection and compensation), and the impact of strategies deployed in ‘extractivist’ industries to externalise their social and environmental costs.

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Jennifer Littlejohn Collaborator

Jennifer is an artist and facilitator based in Edinburgh. She collaborated with ‘Off the Grid’ to create visual materials including a publication and travelling exhibition which both showcase research carried out in Papua New Guinea, India and Scotland.<o :p />


Her work is both cross-medium and multidisciplinary, engaging with landscape and the human activity within that landscape. Research and fieldwork are central to her practice.


She has exhibited and curated exhibitions internationally, including shows in Japan, Denmark, Greenland, United States and Scotland.

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