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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Understanding energy vulnerability and responses in the London Borough of Haringey

30th July 2015, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, Engineering & Computing Science, Dr Janice Astbury

Energy vulnerability is understood to be the result of a range of factors that extend well beyond the individual or household that experiences it. The traditional fuel poverty definition of high energy costs + plus low household income is therefore inadequate to fully grasp the problem and propose possible solutions. In the context of Durham University’s research partnership with the London Borough of Haringey, an effort is underway to assess the potential of community-based interventions to address energy vulnerability and contribute to wider social, economic and health objectives as part of the Borough’s commitment to achieving equitable low carbon transition. 

This research builds on previous work by Durham researchers within the Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (InCluESEV) including through application of a tool developed for assessing the multiple dimensions of energy vulnerability. This tool provides the framework for a system mapping exercise which serves to analyse underpinning factors and understand these in terms of injustices of recognition, distribution and procedure. This system map will be presented along with case studies of several community initiatives in order to provide a portrait of the situation in Haringey and identify key challenges and possible strategies for ameliorating energy vulnerability.

Dr Janice Astbury is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. She is currently working with Haringey Council to assess the potential of community-based interventions to address energy vulnerability. Janice has been involved in a number of other community-university collaborations, most recently with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Manchester. The latter included undertaking an evaluation of the Manchester Carbon Literacy pilot programme, which was one of several projects concerning energy and low carbon transition with which Janice has been involved.

Contact lynn.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.