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Durham Energy Institute

About Durham Energy Institute

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) supports and produces cutting-edge energy research which draws on the expertise of world-leading researchers across Durham University's departments in Science, Social Science and Humanities.

DEI was born in 2009 out of the realisation that energy challenges cross conventional discipline boundaries and that new ways of thinking about and conducting energy research are required. DEI has now grown into an internationally leading institution, recognised for its ability to apply new methods and perspectives to existing and emerging energy challenges. By unlocking research synergies between different disciplines and sectors, DEI aims to produce major breakthroughs in our understanding of how to best meet the energy demands of the future.

We emphasise a ‘Science and Society’ approach to energy which tackles the societal aspects of energy technology as well as developing new energy technologies and solutions for the benefit of society. We have a range of expertise in energy technologies such as whole energy systems, renewables generation (wind, solar, geothermal, bio-fuels) and integration, transmission and distribution, smart energy systems, carbon capture and storage, geo-energy and hydrocarbons, and energy materials.

Working together across departments, enables us to build on world-leading research in specific energy technology areas integrating perspectives from Anthropology, Economics, Humanities and cultural studies to generate insights into how technology is shaped by, adopted by, and influences society.

DEI addresses energy challenges collaboratively through strong partnerships with industry, international partners, governments, community groups and other academic institutions. This ensures our research is relevant, timely and effective.

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“From Anthropology to Physics, Durham Energy Institute covers the spectrum of energy research but the areas in which we excel most are those which lie at the boundaries between the traditional technical disciplines and the social sciences and humanities. We encourage such interdisciplinary work as we feel these areas will yield major breakthroughs. The small size and compact nature of the university is to our advantage as it naturally stimulates interactions between departments and disciplines. Thus, we are agile and responsive and we can quickly assemble bespoke-research teams.”