The Demand Centre focuses
on what energy is for.

Our research takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, 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.

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Our research has five themes

Integration and application

Understanding Demand

Trends and patterns in energy demand

Influencing Demand

How end use practices change

Peaks, Trends and Rhythms

Managing infrastructures of supply and demand

Situations, Sites, Sectors

Normality, need and entitlement

Energy, Justice and Poverty


Led By

Elizabeth Shove (Co-Director) Lancaster University
Gordon Walker (Co-Director) Lancaster University
Greg Marsden Leeds University
Sylvie Douzou ECLEER, EDF R&D

Our Funders

DEMAND is one of six Centres funded by the Research Councils UK to address ‘End Use Energy Demand Reduction‘. Demand also has funding from ECLEER (EDF R&D), Transport for London and the International Energy Agency

Who is Involved

Jillian Anable University of Aberdeen
Ben Anderson University of Southampton
John Connaughton University of Reading
Rosie Day University of Birmingham
James Faulconbridge Lancaster University
Mike Hazas Lancaster University
Russell Hitchings UCL
Jan Selby University of Sussex
Jacopo Torriti University of Reading
Frank Trentmann Birkbeck College
Matt Watson University of Sheffield
Tony Whiteing Leeds University