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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


Energy Society and Practices: DEI Short course

17th February 2020, 10:30 to 19th February 2020, 13:00, Penthouse, Collingwood College, Durham University, Various

A unique opportunity to access training directly from experts across Durham University and the Energy Sector. Available to people within and outside Durham University.

This four and a half day course brings together leading experts to discuss how to understand energy in society through ideas about energy practices and other theoretical frameworks. From material culture studies to practice theory, from economics to visual studies, we explore the analyses available in the social science and humanities that help us make sense of energy and change the way we organize energy practices.

The course introduces key theories and methods from the social sciences and humanities, such as the idea of material cultures, everyday practices, organizational forms and social relations. With presentations from leading experts, this will effectively be a series of masterclasses in understanding energy practices in a social context. Each theme is introduced through theoretical discussion and case study examples. A site visit may also be included.

The course includes teaching on:

  • Understanding Practice Theory;
  • Energy policy;
  • Energy history and heritage;
  • Environmental Ethics;
  • Visual cultures of energy;
  • Energy Regulation;
  • Disruptive Technologies;
  • Gender aspects of energy;
  • Energy Justice; and
  • Energy Law.

The draft full timetable can be viewed here.

Booking details:

To book onto the course please visit

If you have any queries please contact Professor Simone Abram on or 0191 3342871.

  • Full Course (GBP 500.00)
    Full course cost, please note refreshments are not included

  • Full Course Concession (GBP 100.00)
    Concession full course cost, please note refreshments are not included

  • Day Rate (GBP 100.00 per day)
    Day rate, please note refreshments are not included

  • Day Rate Concession (GBP 30.00 per day)
    Concession day rate, please note refreshments are not included

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