Celebrating summer schools

summer schools

The CIED and DEMAND Centres recently held successful summer schools in Brighton and Leeds respectively, helping to build capacity in the energy demand field


Capacity Building

Building capacity in the field of reducing energy demand is a big part of the work of the EUED Centres and these specialised summer schools aim to develop the community of researchers in the discipline. They offer newer career researchers and students a chance to share their ideas and learn from more experienced players in the area.

Accelerating Innovation

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) summer school was entitled ‘Accelerating Innovation to Reduce Energy Demand’ and ran from 10th to 12th July at the University of Sussex. 28 PhD students, post-doctoral and early career-researchers gathered to learn about the Centre’s socio-technical approach. Activities included sessions led by Frank Geels, Karoline Rogge, Johan Schot and Paula Kivimaa; a Dragon’s Den run by Kirsten Jenkins; and a keynote on impact from Benjamin K Sovacool. The event focussed on the question of how we speed up the process of introducing the radical changes needed to energy use in the UK if we are to meet carbon emissions targets. A full account of the event can be found in Bettina Zenz’s blog on the CIED website.

Energy in the City

DEMAND’s summer school was on the subject of ‘Energy in the City’ and was held at the University of Leeds from 18th to 20th July. Speakers included John Barrett, Elizabeth Shove, Tom Knowland, Matt Watson, Elenora Morganti and Noel Cass. Disciplines represented included human geography, sociology, history, engineering, planning, architecture and economics. Activities included a conceptual battle on a stepping stones (pictured) and a camping trip. The event was conceptually focussed on the entity of the city as a field of investigation and what it can tell us about the way we use energy and how this is changing. More information on the event is available on the DEMAND website.


Read the EUED Directors’ suggested strategy for capacity building

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