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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 Workshop on Energy Security and Urban Energy Infrastructure: an interdisciplinary conversation

17th January 2011, 11:00 to 13:00, Room E245, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, Durham University

The aim of this workshop is to cultivate an interdisciplinary conversation on the subject of energy security and urban energy infrastructure. Energy infrastructure is a frequently overlooked theme in conventional social science debates about energy security, which tend to focus on issues of national energy supply and price volatility. However, since the 1950s the issue of critical infrastructure protection has been a central preoccupation for state security planning at least in the United States. Central to critical infrastructure protection and planning is the notion of resilience, a concept now fundamental to advanced energy systems engineering. This workshop aims to bridge the gap between conventional political debates about energy security, on the one hand, and contemporary thinking in energy systems engineering, on the other. 

Invited speakers:

  • Professor Phil Taylor (Durham University, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences)
  • Dr Claudia Aradau (Open University, Department of Politics and International Studies)


  •  Dr Andrew Baldwin (Durham University, Department of Geography)



Coffee / tea


Professor Phil Taylor - 'Energy Systems Engineering and Security'


Dr. Claudia Aradau - 'Materialities of security and critical infrastructure protection'


Discussion/working lunch

All are welcome; lunch will be provided.

Please notify your participation to Alison Norton ( ), indicating any dietary requirements.

This workshop is sponsored by the Durham Energy Institute Social Sciences Research Cluster Small Grant Fund.