Energy and Homes: Conflicts, Contradictions and Collaborations
Intersections between domesticity and energy infrastructures are at once evident and confusing. They are evident because the vast majority of domestic buildings are visibly connected to the national energy grid. They are mysterious because how and why people use energy in their homes is, in many ways, an incommensurable question.
This paper discusses findings from, and reflects upon practices of interdisciplinary collaboration within a wider research project that looked at domestic energy demand of UK households. It focuses, specifically, on the role of contradictions as entry points, both ethnographically and in advancing cross-disciplinary communication.
Dr Roxana Morosanu is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. As part of the IdEAS project, her work involves using ethnographic, arts-based, and participant-led methods to look at creativity and fixation in design from a social anthropological perspective. Her PhD research was part of a wider interdisciplinary project looking at domestic energy demand of UK families, and that brought together researchers from building engineering, design and social sciences. Her most recent publications include An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).
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