Thursday 2 February 2017

Call for applications: DEMAND Summer School on Energy in the City | 18-20 July 2017 | University of Leeds, UK

Energy in the City: A Summer School on Energy Demand and Mobility

18-20 July 2017, University of Leeds, UK


The call for applications for the DEMAND Centre Summer School is now open. Deadline for applications: 22 March 2017

The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognizing that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. In essence, the Centre focuses on what energy is for, how this changes, and how it might be steered ( 

The 2017 DEMAND Summer School will focus on Energy in the City. Cities are important sites of energy demand, distinctive in terms of density and diversity, and important places in which energy demand reduction policies are made and played out. But what does this mean for the infrastructures cities depend on and bring about? And what do we really understand about urban patterns of energy demand and mobility? How are they generated in relation to particular locations and activities, such as office work, retail, healthcare or higher education? And what insights can 'the city', as a scale and field of investigation, offer into how and why these patterns are changing?  

Speakers include:

  • Professor John Barrett, Director of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), University of Leeds
  • Professor Elizabeth Shove, Co-director of the DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University
  • Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Development, Leeds City Council
  • Dr Matt Watson, University of Sheffield (on infrastructures, urban space and everyday life)
  • Dr Eleonora Morganti, University of Leeds (on food systems, energy and mobility in the city)
  • Dr Noel Cass, Lancaster University (on office work, buildings and futures)

The three intensive days will be academically challenging and fun. Participants, along with researchers and academics from the DEMAND Centre, will explore a variety of concepts and approaches for studying energy and mobility demand in the city including working on real case studies in conjunction with Leeds City Council. We invite applications from PhD students and early career researchers from all disciplines, as well as practitioners dealing with issues of energy and mobility demand in their work. For more details on the event and how to apply, please visit:

Dr Janine Morley

Senior Research Associate, DEMAND Centre & Sociology

D10, FASS Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD

+44 (0)1524 594245

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