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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 Book Launch Lecture & Q&A

20th July 2018, 15:00 to 17:30, Hogan Lovell’s Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, Professor Gavin Bridge & Dr Felix Ringel

Durham Energy Institute are holding a book launch lecture with two books from Professor Gavin Bridge, Department of Geography and Dr Felix Ringel, Department of Anthropology. To book your seat at this event, please visit

Energy and Society is the first major text to provide an extensive critical treatment of energy issues informed by recent research on energy in the social sciences. Written in an engaging and accessible style it draws new thinking on uneven development, consumption, vulnerability and transition together to illustrate the social significance of energy systems in the global North and South. The book features case studies, examples, discussion questions, activities, recommended reading and more, to facilitate its use in teaching. Energy and Society deploys contemporary geographical concepts and approaches but is not narrowly disciplinary. Its critical perspective highlights connections between energy and significant socio-economic and political processes, such as globalisation, urbanisation, international development and social justice, and connects important issues that are often treated in isolation, such as resource availability, energy security, energy access and low-carbon transition.

Co-authored by leading researchers and based on current research and thinking in the social sciences, Energy and Society presents a distinctive geographical approach to contemporary energy issues. It is an essential resource for upper level undergraduates and Master’s students in geography, environmental studies, urban studies, energy studies and related fields.

Gavin Bridge is Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University and has research expertise in the political economy of natural resources. His research centres on the spatial and temporal dynamics of extractive industries such as oil, gas and mining. He is co-author, with Philippe Le Billon, of Oil published by Polity Press (2013, 2017), co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology (2015) and lead author of Energy and Society: a critical perspective (2018).

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Back to the Post-industrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany's Fastest-Shrinking City, social anthropologist Felix Ringel’s new book on the current prospects of a former mining city in East Germany! It depicts how the main industrial settlement for socialist East Germany’s mining and energy workers has to work towards new futures under a different energy regime.

How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? The former socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a declining post-industrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half its population to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industry crisis, leading to the large-scale deconstruction of its cityscape. This book tells the story of its inhabitants, who are now forced to reconsider their futures. Building on recent theoretical work, it advances a new anthropological approach to time, allowing us to investigate the post-industrial era and the futures it has supposedly lost.

Felix Ringel is a COFUND International Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Durham University. His work on time, the future, and urban regeneration has been published in leading journals such as The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Critique of Anthropology and Anthropological Theory. He is co-editor of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology’s issue on “Time-tricking: Reconsidering Temporal Agency in Troubled Times.”

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