Power outlets? Where appliances meet infrastructures


A blog on the DEMAND Centre website looks at the meeting points between appliances and infrastructures and the complex political struggles taking place there. Kris de Decker, of the DEMAND Centre and LowTech Magazine looks at where we draw the line between infrastructures (largely provided by the state) and appliances […]

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In the driving seat? Precarity and car dependency.


Research findings from the DEMAND Centre explore how uncertainty around jobs and accommodation (precarity) can lead to car dependence for some despite the expense and environmental concerns. Precarity in housing and employment A new DEMAND Research Insight entitled ‘Precarity in housing and employment: a dimension of car dependency’ highlights the […]

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Solar panels switched on at Sussex

solar panels

In the largest project of its kind, 3000 solar panels have been switched on at the University of Sussex, with carbon emissions set to be halved by 2020. Brighton Pavillion MP and co-Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas activated the system on 13th October that will provide 750,000 kilowatt hours of […]

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Jetting into retirement?


A new Research Insight from the DEMAND Centre questions the likelihood of a later-life travel boom amongst those of retirement age. Have pension, will travel? We are an ageing society with more and more pensioners blessed with free time and in many cases disposable incomes. Couple this with a perception […]

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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 […]

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DEMAND’s Shove gives Wellcome speaking tour


The University of Lancaster’s Professor Elizabeth Shove will give a walking tour of an exhibition on electricity that the DEMAND Centre contributed to. The ‘Electricity: The Spark of Life’ exhibition at London’s Wellcome Centre featured contributions from the EUED DEMAND and CEE centres. Professor Shove will give a ‘perspective speaker […]

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Avoid, shift, reduce: new DEMAND transport blog


A new blog from Greg Marsden of the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at Leeds looks at the different approaches to reducing transport energy demand. Professor Marsden’s blog – entitle ‘Can we reduce the amount of energy we use for transport?’ outlines the three main approaches of ‘avoid, shift, reduce’ […]

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CCC’s Adrian Gault to speak at DEMAND event


The Chief Economist at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will be at the DEMAND Centre HQ on 17th May. In a presentation entitled ‘Meeting carbon budgets in the UK – the role of demand’ Gault will look at the baseline demand projections used by the Committee and how demand […]

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DEMAND International Visiting Fellowships

The DEMAND Centre has issued a call for international visiting fellows to work with the Centre between September 2017 and April 2018.  The Centre’s fellowships programme has had three previous rounds with a total of 18 visitors coming from a wide range of countries. Fellows will be expected to make […]

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Ice and easy? Fridge-freezers in Bangkok and Hanoi


A new Research Insight from the DEMAND Centre throws light on the role fridge-freezers can play in the balance between energy demand and social practices around food. Researchers from the DEMAND Centre have carried out 52 interviews with people in Bangkok (Thailand) and Hanoi (Vietnam) around how they use their […]

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Spark of Life Exhibition features EUED people

spark of life

The Wellcome Collection’s exhibition on the story of electricity ‘The Spark of Life’ features contributions from EUED colleagues from the CEE and DEMAND Centres. The exhibition – at the Wellcome Collection gallery in London – looks at the representation and uses of electricity in art and science throughout history. The […]

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The future of office work

future of office work

A new DEMAND Centre Research Insight looks into the future of office work and the potential benefits and pitfalls of mobile and flexible working. We hear a lot about flexible, agile and mobile working as ways of making more efficient use of office space and offering workers greater freedom in […]

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Commission on Travel Demand launch

Driverless car

7th March will see the official launch of the Commission on Travel Demand with an event at the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS). The Commission – led by Professor Greg Marsden – is an independent group which forms part of the EUED DEMAND Centre. The group aim […]

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How welfare and employment policy impacts energy demand

welfare and energy

Catherine Butler of the University of Exeter looks at the links between the issues of welfare and energy demand for government policies in ‘non-energy’ areas The majority of the world’s governments are committed to taking action to reduce global warming following the COP21 agreement in 2016. Mitigating climate change is […]

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Energy in the City – DEMAND Summer School

DEMAND summer school

The call for applications is open for the DEMAND Summer School at the University of Leeds, from 18 – 20 July on Energy Demand and Mobility.  The event focusses on energy demand and mobility in the city. Cities are important sites of energy demand, distinctive in terms of density and […]

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Researcher Vacancy in Flexible Electricity Demand

flexible electricity demand

The University of Reading School of the Built Environment are looking for a Research Assistant on a project linked to the DEMAND Centre. Based at the University of Reading in the School of Construction Management and Engineering, the researcher will work with Dr Jacopo Torriti as part of the EPSRC […]

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The Nexus of Practices book

nexus of practices

A new book looking at practice theory edited by DEMAND Centre academics Alison Hui, Theodore Schatzki and Elizabeth Shove is available now. The book – full title ‘The Nexus of Practices: connections, constellations, practitioners’ – brings leading theorists of practice together to provide a fresh set of theoretical impulses for […]

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