Solar Villages

Researchers from the University of Southampton’s Schools of Civil Engineering and the Environment and Social Sciences have previously investigated the efficacy of electrification schemes using solar photovoltaics in rural villages and effect on demographics. The results were discussed in the publications opposite.


China-UK Eco-region Research Networks bring together industry, academia and government for practical research, innovation and global interaction in the development of eco-cities and ecoregions worldwide.

The planned development of eco-cities in China and the UK has acted as a catalyst for the formation of networks between researchers in the UK, China and other nations. The networks were first established by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), global Engineering firm Arup, and the Chinese government. They have worked together with academic institutions in the UK and China to develop three networks for the establishment of research programmes, to achieve the most sustainable approaches for the development of eco-cities and eco-regions.


Bahaj A.S., McNelis B. and Zhu L. (2002)
Photovoltaic and hybrid village power system: a discussion of sustainability issues. Proceedings PV in Europe – From PV Technology to Energy Solutions Conference and Exhibition, Rome, Italy, 7-11 October 2002, pp 1195-1202. [br]  [space size=1]
Bahaj A.S., Diamond I., Matthews Z. and Sahooly A.M. (1997)
Population and environment in rural Yemen: demographic effects In solar villages. Proceedings of the 14th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibiton, Barcelona, Spain, 30th June – 4th July 1997, Volume 1, pp 958-961. [br] [space size=1]
Bahaj A.S. and Sahooly A.M. (1995)
A chaotic World Bank PV initiative in the Yemen.Proceedings 13th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Nice, France, 23-27 October 1995, pp 1071-1073. [br] [space size=1]


Research Networks
(City History and Multi-scale Spatial Master-planning)
Research Themes: Governance, culture and space [br]  [space size=1]
(Sustainable Economic and Ecological Models for Peripheral Urban Functional Units)
Research Themes: Economics, environment and regional context [br] [space size=1]
(Sustainable Urban Systems to Transfer Achievable Implementation)
Research Themes: Sustainable infrastructure and behaviour adaptation [br] [space size=1]