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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

2 Day Conference: People Centred Development Approaches in Practical and Learning Environments

14th September 2017, 11:00 to 15th September 2017, 15:30, Please report to reception on arrival in order to be directed to the room for the workshop. Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG, As attached programme

People-centred approaches: creating student access to company experience

This two-day event offers practical advice and guidance on developing collaborations between Higher Education and companies or third sector organisations. If you aim to stimulate entrepreneurial skills and introduce challenges in new technology areas (such as green energy, sustainable transport, new and
sustainable production methods, novel materials etc.), then come along and learn from those who ‘can do’

Through case studies and workshops with partners, the event will guide you towards developing your own collaborative engagement activities, offering in-depth training in how to initiate, nurture and develop collaborative learning between Higher Education and industry, with a particular focus on bringing social science research into product design. How can we ‘train’ entrepreneurs? What kind of collaboration is needed for defining R&D goals, mentoring students, locating expert knowledge, or evaluating outcomes?

We will explore the opportunities for and of collaborative learning; the pitfalls and lessons for building collaborative relationships, and the potential outcomes and benefits for all parties.

Attendance is free of charge but must be booked via: www.

Organisers: Prof Sandra Bell and Dr Simone Abram, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University.

Speakers include:

Jenny Saunders, Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive National Energy Action

Dr Maja Hojer Bruun, Techno-Anthropology research group at Aalborg University

Dr Neal Wade, Engineering, Newcastle University

*PEOPLE* is a 3-year, 4-country knowledge-alliance of partnerships between higher education/ research institute and an industry partner funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The project’s goal is to develop, implement and evaluate a new model of knowledge transfer between higher education and industry, using people-centred development to test and improve existing products or services.


Thursday 14 September




11.00- 11.30

Introduction to workshop, introductory exercise

Simone Abram, Durham University


The PEOPLE approach. Learning through doing: people-centric on all levels? Introducing the methodology and the ‘toolkit’

Sandra Bell, Durham University




Companies students and learning. What do companies expect?
People-centred product design in practice.

Jenny Saunders CEO National Energy Action




Students, companies and learning. What should lecturers expect? Mistakes to avoid and strategies to adopt (case studies from Techno-anthropology)

Dr Maja Hoyer Bruun, Aalborg University

Friday 15 September





Questions from yesterday, thoughts for today


University-community partnership. An example on energy for vulnerable households

Neal Wade Newcastle University




People in practice: student experiences (Kemuri case study)

Sandra Bell


Lunch and departure

Contact for more information about this event.