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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

PEOple-centred development approaches in Practical and Learning Environments / PEOPLE

Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance between:

  • Durham Anthropology/DEI,
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA),
  • Charles University in Prague,
  • Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana and Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) Slovenia
  • and associated companies in each country.

A new EU Erasmus+ project will bring an opportunity for four Masters students to join students and energy academics from Slovenia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (Czechia) to work on people-centred development.

Project description

PEOPLE brings together Higher Education Institutions from the social sciences and industries from the sustainable living and energy sector to jointly develop and integrate people-centred development approaches into their research, teaching and learning practices. At the core of the project is the idea that understanding people should become an indispensable part of industrial development processes, as a means to achieve practical-based education as well as new categories of products, services, or business strategies that truly address people’s needs and lead to sustainable innovation.

By bringing together Higher Education Institutions from the social sciences and industries from the energy sector to work on joint cross-fertilisation, the PEOPLE project addresses the immediate needs of both graduates and companies. The former will apply the skills learned through their training in sociology, psychology and anthropology to real-life
and work situations; the latter will benefit through improved products, services and processes and developing innovation in rapidly evolving technology. In addition, the project will have long-lasting impact on Higher Education Institutions and society at large by improving the relevance of social science teaching and research.

An opportunity for Masters students

The project is embedded into the compulsory Field Study module for the MSc Enegry and Society course; the selected students will take this module as a 30 credit module. They will be awarded mobility funding to work in collaboration with a UK company, Kemuri Ltd to help develop user friendly elements within the company’s current products and services. Students mobility funds will also support student exchange visits, to attend a project workshop event in one of the participating countries outside the UK. The scheme is open to UK home and EU students and selection will be carried out through a straightforward application process after registration on the degree programme.

For further information contact: Dr Simone Abram or Prof Sandra Bell,

Find out more at the PEOPLE Project website.