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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

A unique opportunity to access training directly from energy experts across Durham University departments in an intensive week of teaching.

Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University.

A unique opportunity to access training directly from experts across Durham University and the Energy Sector. Available to people within and outside Durham University.

This four and a half day course brings together leading experts to discuss how to understand energy in society through the various practices involved. From material culture studies to practice theory, from economics to visual studies, we explore the analyses available in the social science and humanities that will be needed to make sense of energy and to change the way we organize energy practices. The course introduces key theories and methods from anthropology and sociology, such as the idea of material cultures, everyday practices, organizational forms and social relations.

With presentations from leading experts, this will effectively be a series of masterclasses in understanding energy practices in a social context. Each theme is introduced through theoretical discussion and case study examples. A site visit may also be included.

Indicative Contents:

Understanding Practice Theory;

Introducing Science and Technology Studies and other sociologies of science;

Technology, sustainability and impacting

Gender and energy

Energy Justice, Equalities, inequalities and vulnerabilities

Historical methods, energy practices and re-thinking transitions

Visual methods in the energy humanities

The full timetable can be viewed (link available shortly)

Booking details:

To book onto the course please visit

If you have any queries please contact Professor Simone Abram on or 0191 3342871.

  • Whole week Monday- Friday inclusive (GBP 360.00)
  • Whole week Concession rate Monday - Friday (GBP 100.00)
  • Day rate (GBP 90.00 per day)
  • Day rate concession (GBP 30.00 per day)

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