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Durham Energy Institute

DEI Resources

The DEI provides support to research, practitioner and community groups who focus on energy related issues whether they be the social, technological, policy or industrial aspects of energy. Our research focuses around the central themes of energy risk and resilience, low carbon transitions and smart energy and networks.

We provide a range of resources for researchers, policy makers, community groups and industry interested in Energy. These include the DEI review magazine, Research briefings and starting again in January 2018 the weekly newsletter and monthly activity bulletin.

New DEI Research Briefing:

Temporary Workers in Energy Construction Projects: Exploring Causes and Effects

By Ivana Kostic, Riccardo Mogre, and Kamran Sarmadi

Temporary workers provide a substantial contribution to construction projects in the energy sector. This briefing explores why they are so prevalent and what are the implications of employing temporary workforce for energy projects.

Latest issue of DEI Perspectives...

Climate Strategy as we emerge from the pandemic:

Responses to Cllr John Clare's DEI Perspectives article on Looking to a post-COVID sustainable future

Councillor John D Clare, Durham County Council Climate Change Champion, discussed the environmental benefits and dangers of the current Covid crisis in his article. He asked what the Climate Strategy should be in County Durham in the coming months and asked for people to submit their ideas on the following: How do we retain the lessons of lockdown? What do we need to do to make sure the recovery is green? What would a climate-aware recovery leap-forward look like? What might we wish Durham County Council and the DEI (realistically) to be doing?

This document compiles the differnet contributions and ideas received and provides a summary of some of the key themes.

Tackling Climate Change in the post Covid World - Helen Goodman - DEI Perspectives

In this DEI Perpsectives article, Helen Goodman, former MP for Bishop Auckland, gives her thoughts on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, both negative and positive, and argues that a focus on decarbonisation and opportunities such as geothermal energy should be prioritised moving forward.


Magazine Special Issue: DEI 10th Anniversary Highlights

In 2019 Durham Energy Institute is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. A lot of research, activity, outreach and collaboration has been achieved in that time.

This special issue looks at the highlights and achievements of DEI over the past 10 years including examples of how DEI has:

  • built truly interdisciplinary energy research;
  • developed a socio-technical approach to energy;
  • helped shape energy policy;
  • delivered Innovative Training and public outreach;
  • fostered World-class International Research, and
  • The partnerships and people who have enabled this to happen.

Read the special issue online or download DEI 10th Anniversary Highlights in PDF.

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