Social Anthropology Seminar - Dr Ben Campbell - University of Durham
|Starts:||16:00 11 Feb 2019|
|Ends:||18:00 11 Feb 2019|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Ben Campbell|
Social Anthropology Seminar
Monday, 11th February 2019
Dr Ben Campbell – University of Durham
'Energy On The Move: Social Worlds Of Informal Settlers’ Energy Practices In The Global South, A Comparative Project'
Anthropologists have been turning increasingly to the study of energy systems and practices since the mid-2000s. There are reasons for this to do with climate change agendas, sustainable development goals, and the new role that energy now plays in public discourse about reinventing the economy to benefit the many not the few, to contemplate policies of degrowth, leave no-one behind, and so on. A reaching-out to anthropologists, and social science more generally, is underway from policy makers and funders to fill in the gaps in knowledge about ‘energy end users’. Preferring to speak of energy social worlds, the project ‘Energy on the Move’ is a comparative study of people living in informal settlements in and around four capital cities in the Global South.
A research team from Durham University’s departments of Anthropology, Geography and History have been conducting interviews with teams investigators from Nigeria, South Sudan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The project was intended to have impact and consider, in terms of the UN’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ programme, can informal settlers’ access clean and affordable energy? Research across four countries into people’s real-world energy practices, coping strategies and support networks indicates how renewable technologies and policies might contribute to sustainable energy transitions. The paper considers energy social worlds as an emerging field of anthropological concerns.
Second Floor Boardroom 2.016 / 017
Arthur Lewis Building
Time 4:15 to 6:00pm
(Tea and coffee available outside the room from 4:00pm)
Dr Ben Campbell
Organisation: University of Durham
Travel and Contact Information
2.016 / 17 2nd Floor Boardroom
Arthur Lewis Building