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Lancaster University to host new research centre on energy DEMAND
Date: 17 December 2012
From May 2013, Elizabeth Shove, from the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, will be Co-Director of a new cross-Faculty, RCUK-funded research centre, DEMAND: The Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand. With funding of around £5 million over five years, the DEMAND centre, funded by RCUK, will undertake a 5 year interdisciplinary research programme in collaboration with 7 other University partners. The core group will include Leeds Institute for Transport Studies and EDF R&D's European Centre and Labs for Energy Efficiency Research based in Paris, with contributions from researchers at Aberdeen, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, Sussex and UCL. Professor Gordon Walker (Lancaster Environment Centre) will also be Co-Director of the Centre; others involved at Lancaster will include Dr James Faulconbridge (Organisation Work and Technology) and Dr Mike Hazas (School of Computing and Communications).
The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) will take a distinctive approach to end use energy demand. In essence, the Centre will focus on what energy is for, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. This approach will inform an ambitious research agenda, developing a more sophisticated understanding of the underlying dynamics of demand itself through examining patterns in mobility and building-related energy use and the processes through which trends towards more resource-intensive standards of comfort, convenience and speed take hold. The Centre will take forward a wide-ranging agenda for future research and policy, one which will be crucial for organisations involved in demand management and in radically reconfiguring infrastructures, buildings and transport systems in line with greenhouse gas emissions targets.
There have been a number of other recent research funding successes in the Department:
Associated staff: Elizabeth Shove
Associated departments and research centres: Sociology
Keywords: Climate change, Environment, Mobilities, Sociology
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