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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

DEI Masterclass: Energy Society and Practices

Weardale Room, Collingwood College, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LT

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 a focus on energy practices. 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 organize energy practices.

With presentations from leading experts at Durham University, this will effectively be a series of master-classes 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 social science theories and methods, 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.

Booking details:

Whole week Monday-Friday inclusive*: £380 (Concessions £80) Day rate (specify day): £90 (concessions £20)

* full rate includes lunch and daytime refreshments

Book your place and find out more about the course programme.