Opportunities for academics

Welcoming Visitors
Visiting Fellowships
Responsive Programme
Summer Schools

Visiting Students and Academics

The DEMAND Centre welcomes visitors from other institutions.  Read what our previous visitors have to say about their visit to DEMAND.

Visitors may be students (registered for a PhD at another university), post-doctoral researchers or established members of the academic community. The fee arrangements described below give visitors access to high quality office space, and to computing and library facilities as well as the opportunity to meet DEMAND staff and participate in relevant events, workshops and seminars.

How to Apply


If you are interested in visiting the DEMAND Centre please get in touch. The bench fee is £200/month.

PhD Students

If you are interested in visiting the DEMAND Centre, please email in the first instance, with a current curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, details of when you want to visit (up to 6 months) and a paragraph explaining what you would hope to gain from visiting DEMAND.

If you are accepted, fees will apply pro-rata. Current fee levels are available from the Student Registry. The fees must be paid upon registration with the Postgraduate Office at the start of your visit.

Once you are accepted you have all the rights and privileges of a postgraduate student at Lancaster including:

  • office space within DEMAND
  • the right to attend MA courses
  • for visiting PhD students: you may be able to take Faculty Research Training Courses
  • membership of and borrowing rights from the library
  • an email account and access to networked computers
  • the right to attend departmental seminars, colloquia and other activities
  • supervision by academic staff who has/have agreed to accept you.

Please note that if you wish to attend the MA and Faculty course modules you should time your visit so that it falls during the autumn and the spring terms when the majority of those modules are being taught.

Visiting Fellowships

The DEMAND centre has funding to host up to 20 visiting researchers of 2-6 months over the five years, selected through two rounds of a competitive call for proposals. Both competitions will be managed by the core team with advice and independent input from the advisory board and members of the DEMAND club.  The call for academics to visit up to October 2015 has now closed.  The current call for visitors has now closed.

Reflections from previous visitors about their visit.

Responsive Programme

We have reserved additional funding for small scale linked projects that develop and extend our research programme. These opportunities for collaboration will be advertised on a competitive basis with applicants expected to work with sub-groups of partners and our non-academic collaborators in order to attract further co-funding and support innovative forms of co-working. There will be two rounds in each of which 2-3 additional projects will be funded.

DEMAND Summer Schools

Energy Histories and Energy Futures: 8-10 July 2014. Summer School Report.

Peaks, Sites and Cycles: 14-16 July 2015

The call for applications for the 2015 DEMAND Centre Summer School is now closed.

Summer School 2015 will focus on Peaks, Sites and Cycles; the temporal and spatial dynamics of energy and mobility demand. These are critical issues in the social sciences, and for practical efforts to reduce and manage peak loads in energy and mobility. Participants, along with researchers and academics from the DEMAND Centre will explore a variety of concepts and approaches for studying social space and temporalities of daily life. We will use these ideas to consider a range of questions including: how and why do patterns of daily life vary across space and change over time? In what ways do technologies, interfaces and infrastructures co-constitute these patterns? How are assumptions of time and space imagined and incorporated into future visions, strategies and policies?

The 3 intensive days will be academically challenging and fun, with presentations, indoor and outdoor workshops and networking activities.  Applications are invited from research students, early career researchers and practitioners.

FURTHER DETAILS If you have any questions please get in touch with Nicola Spurling.

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Email (as one attachment) to Nicola Spurling a short CV of two pages maximum and a one page explanation of why you want to attend the summer school – this 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.