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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Include - a research centre for socially inclusive energy transitions

Durham Team

Prof Simone Abram (Durham lead - Anthropology)

Prof Gavin Bridge (Geography)

Dr Andres Luque Ayala (Geography)

Dr Kirsten Jenkins (DEI Associate Fellow - Edinburgh University).

Project background

Durham University is a partner in ‘Include’, a research centre for socially inclusive energy transitions.

The centre will produce knowledge about how we may realise a socially just low-carbon society though inclusive processes, through close collaboration between research and public, private and voluntary sectors.

Include is hosted by the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo (UiO).

The centre has seven research partners, of which six are based in Norway and Durham Energy Institute in the UK. Include also has 23 user partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors in Norway and the UK.

Durham University will conduct comparative research in the UK, focused on the role of local authorities in progressing socially inclusive energy transitions. We are working closely with Durham County Council, who are a committed ‘user partner’ on the project.

Include's research is organised in five areas and we also put emphasis on exploring their interconnectedness.

WP1: Energy Systems in Transition

How can we achieve transitions in the power system and other energy systems that are socially just and inclusive?

WP2: Energy Flows and Spaces

Here we study cities and surrounding areas in Norway (Tromsø and Oslo). We examine and develop maps to visualise the distribution of energy consumption (direct and embodied energy) on different social groups.

WP3: Municipalities as Change Agents

How may municipalities achieve a transition to low-carbon society? Key words: organisation, resource use, citizen participation and a goal to develop attractive and sustainable communities.

WP4: Interventions

We will develop, test and initiate activities that help reduce emissions and achieve socially and environmentally sustainable energy transition. Key words: Participation and co-creation.

WP5: Learning Across Borders

How can we learn from experiences and research conducted in Durham, UK, with respect to energy justice and the role of municipalities in energy transition?