What is the place of energy in human life?


How do we make sense of the ways in which we produce, distribute and use it?


How do such actions relate to what we consider to be right or good?

The global consumption of energy is rising at an astonishing rate and to sustain this demand, energy producers are relying on increasingly innovative ways of harvesting energy from fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable resources. As a necessary but precious component for living, the energy that is produced, distributed and consumed raises fundamental questions about what we consider to be right or good. Applying insights and methods from anthropology and beyond, this multi-year transdisciplinary project seeks to open up a truly novel line of enquiry that focuses on the people, not just the resource. Ethical sensibility is a capacity that is rooted in people; not a static property inherent in certain kinds of energy sources. By returning attention to human actors, this project positions people as not only central to, but also responsible for our larger energy predicament as we ask: How would we like to sustain human and other life?

Call for abstracts

We are looking for a few additional papers for our Invited Special Issue on Energy Ethics to be published in Energy Research & Social Science. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 August 2016.

Great closing event

A big thanks to all for the incredible turnout, thought-provoking talks and really productive discussion at the closing event on 18 May 2016 for the art exhibition When The Future Was About Fracking

Invitation to Closing Event

To mark the closing of the exhibition When The Future Was About Fracking, we present an evening exploring energy production through different artistic media. The event takes place at the Centrespace Gallery on Wednesday 18 May at 5-7pm.

art exhibition

when the future was about fracking

by HeHe

22 april – 18 may 2016

free entrance

centrespace gallery, dundee, Scotland

Organiser: Mette M. High