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Co-production of access and hybridisation of configurations: a socio-technical approach to urban electricity in Cotonou and Ibadan

Abstract : The article examines the dynamics of access to electricity in two West African cities: Cotonou (Benin) and Ibadan (Nigeria). Due to poor supply from the grid, households are developing varied ways of accessing electricity, based on different socio-technical dispositifs. In this paper we first demonstrate that access to electricity is based on co- production processes that must be approached from a multi-scale perspective (from the household to the urban scale). We then argue that particular attention to the socio-technical and spatial dimension of co-production arrangements makes it pos- sible to interpret urban electrical configurations and their evolution. We thus show that co-production processes, relying on many actors and technologies to meet a growing and diversified demand for electricity in cities, support an ongoing move- ment of extension-hybridisation of electricity configurations on an urban scale, thus offering an interesting perspective on power changes in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Mélanie Rateau, Sylvy Jaglin. Co-production of access and hybridisation of configurations: a socio-technical approach to urban electricity in Cotonou and Ibadan. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 2020, pp.1-16. ⟨10.1080/19463138.2020.1780241⟩. ⟨halshs-02875628⟩

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