A Summer School on Energy Demand and Mobility

18th to 20th July 2017, University of Leeds

An invitation to apply  [.pdf]

The call for applications for the 2017 DEMAND Centre Summer School is now open. 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?

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.

Speakers at the Summer School 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 Summer School is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other research students and early career researchers from around the world, and from a range of disciplines, including human geography, sociology, history, engineering, planning, architecture and economics. The three intensive days will be academically challenging and fun, with presentations, indoor and outdoor workshops and networking activities. Participants will be invited to consider how we best represent and understand energy demand in cities from different angles and disciplinary perspectives, and encouraged to think about how the theoretical and methodological issues discussed relate to their own work.

We invite applications from PhD students, researchers and academics from all disciplines, as well as practitioners dealing with issues of energy and mobility demand in their work. There are 30 places, and up to 10 are available for non-UK based students.

Fees for attendance are just £75 including accommodation and all catering. This is subsidized by the Research Councils UK through the Demand Centre. Participants must arrange and pay for their own travel.

Participants will be required to do some reading and writing before the summer school and will be expected to actively engage in workshops and activities when they are there.


Immediately following the Summer School there will be an optional camping trip to a nearby National Park (possibly the Yorkshire Dales:(


  1. Complete and submit the online application form
  1. Email a short CV (two pages maximum) and an explanation of why you want to attend the summer school (one page maximum) as a single document to

This statement of interest should include some reflections on how the summer school is relevant to your current research and what you hope to get from participating in the event.


You will receive an email confirming if you have been successful or not.

If you are successful then we will ask you to confirm your acceptance of the place, and pay the £75 fee online by 30 April 2017. If you do not meet the payment deadline then your place will be offered to someone else.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Janine Morley,

For details of previous DEMAND Summer Schools please visit our event reports
We look forward to receiving your application!

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