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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

International Summer School: Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies

Durham University

Course Dates: 13 - 24 July 2015

This short course offers an in-depth overview of the interconnections between energy and society. By attending you will gain a unique interdisciplinary understanding of how energy is shaped by, and gives rise to, issues associated with development, politics, climate change and sustainability, technologies and lifestyles. The Energy Summer School is held in association with Durham Energy Institute and the MSc in Energy and Society.

Researchers and faculty from Durham University will introduce you to the latest social science research from both the Global North (‘developed’ countries) and the Global South (‘developing’ countries) in relation to: home, mobility, governance and development.

As well as this, the school will help you to gain a critical social perspective on the interconnections between energy and society and how these relate to energy research and practice. Key theories, methodologies and understandings from geography, sociology and anthropology that will be introduced include:

  • Everyday practices (uses, users and understandings of energy)
  • Governance and politics (who, how and at what scale?)
  • Behaviour change (who, how and at what scale?)
  • Materiality/ ‘stuff’ of energy (e.g., energy and transport infrastructures/systems of provision)
  • Development (where, who by and in what way?)
  • Low and high carbon lifestyles and transitions

Programme fees: £1,400 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, meals and visits.

This course is one of three University of Durham Summer School courses. They are aimed at current university students wanting to enhance their studies and experience a traditional British university. Courses can be taken for credit towards degrees at many other institutions, and are examined to Durham University standards. When your time at Durham comes to an end, you will receive an official transcript and a detailed explanation of the Durham grading system to take back to your home university.

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