UCL-Energy seminar: 'New frontiers in applying social and material perspectives to research on energy consumption and savings' with Professor Harold Wilhite University of Oslo's Centre for Development and Environment
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 from 17:30 to 20:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
About this event:
Efforts to theorize and encourage reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions suffer from overly simplistic models of change. Both theory and policy have most often focused on one of the following to the exclusion of the others: diffusion of technically efficient devices; removal of ‘market barriers’ in the form of information and cost irregularities; counting on either rational economic or environmentally motivated choices by individual consumers. Deep changes will demand a more profound understanding of the social and material contributions to energy consumption. The lecture will review well-meaning efforts to draw attention to consumer ‘behavior’ by lifting it out of context and explore new efforts to re-conceptualize agency in energy consumption as shared between political, social, material and individual agents.
About this speaker:
Harold Wilhite is a Professor of Social Anthropology and Research Director at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and Environment. He has published widely on the theories, practices and policies of sustainable consumption, energy savings and development. He recently completed a five year term as leader for a Un. of Oslo pan-university academic program on sustainable energy and the environment (MILEN). Wilhite was one of the founders of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) in 1992, its first Director and a member of the governing board until recently. His books include Consumption and the Transformation of Everyday Life: A View from South India (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) and The Political Economy of Low Carbon Transformation: Breaking the Habits of Expansive Capitalism, forthcoming in 2015 (Routledge).
When & Where
UCL Energy Institute
About the UCL Energy Institute:
Founded in June 2009, the UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) was established as UCL’s response to the global challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security in the 21st century. UCL-Energy, which sits within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It coordinates multidisciplinary teams from across the University, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support. www.ucl.ac.uk/energy Follow on Twitter @ucl_energy