Two half-posts at Durham Anthropology

Dept of Anthropology and Durham Energy Institute at Durham are pleased to invite applications for two new part-time post-doctoral posts that could be combined into one 3-year post-doctoral fellowship.

One post is a PDRA in energy systems integration. The post is funded through the £20m National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Siemens and Newcastle University. The research fellow will work with Dr Simone Abram applying principles and approaches of Science and Technology Studies to the energy systems modelling process. They will work closely with other centre researchers in assessing the limitations and ethics of energy-systems modelling, exploring solutions to lacunas in whole-system models and assessing the ethical implications of modelling choices for future system-users. This work will contribute to a whole-systems architecture, ensuring that insights from social science and policy analysis are integrated through the centre's activities. It will draw on the work of the End-Use-Energy-Demand centres across all disciplines. The fellowship will include a period of ethnographic fieldwork on smart grid experimentation.

The other post is to assist in developing case study projects associated with an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance between 4 European universities and partners, in Amsterdam, Prague and Lubljana ( The researcher will report to Dr Simone Abram and Prof Sandra Bell, managing co-creation camps, liaising with industry partners and international partners.

Enquiries should be addressed to Dr Simone Abram at the address below.

Dr Simone Abram<>

Co-Director, Durham Energy Institute
Department of Anthropology
Durham University

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8