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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Intensive course in 'Energy: Society and Practices'

Durham University

This four and a half day course brings together leading experts to discuss how to understand energy in society through the various practices involved.

From material culture studies to practice theory, from economics to visual studies, we explore the analyses available in the social science and humanities that will be needed to make sense of energy and to change the way we organise energy practices.

With presentations from leading experts at Durham University, 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.

Contents include:
•Key theories and methods from anthropology and sociology, such as the idea of material cultures, everyday practices, organizational forms and social relations;
•Economics and finance in the energy sector, from the perspectives of economic theory and anthropology of economics;
•Energy policy, and how to understand governance;
•Understanding the grid – technical and commercial issues.
•Historical and visual approaches to energy questions.

Daily Programme

Monday February 24th:

Welcome, Introduction and outline for the week.
Material Cultures of Energy (Dr Ben Campbell)
Economic Anthropology and Energy (Dr Daniel Knight)
Finance in the renewables sector (Dr Victoria Wells)

Tuesday February 25th:

Energy consumption and practice theory (Dr Sandra Bell)
Micro-hydro generation – a socio-technical appraisal (Dr Louise Bracken)

Wednesday February 26th:

Understanding the grid: Commerce and Technology (Dr Chris Dent) Energy Economics (Prof Tooraj Jamasb)
Street lighting policy in the North East (Robert Shaw)

Thursday February 27th:

Historical Methods and histories of energy practices (Prof Adrian Green)
Heritage and energy (Dr Tom Yarrow)
Understanding Governance; Current Energy Policy and how to analyse it (Dr Simone Abram)

Friday February 28th:

Energy imaginaries – visual culture (Prof Janet Stewart)

  • Whole Week – 24th-28th February (GBP 180.00)
    Includes refreshments and lunch
  • Day Rates
    Includes refreshments and lunch
  • Concessions Whole Week (GBP 80.00)
    Includes refreshments and catering
  • Concessions Day Rates
    Includes refreshments and lunch

Payment Methods

  • Credit/Debit Card

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