Conference Announcement: Powering the Planet – Why the world needs Anthropologists, 28-29 October, 2017

Powering the Planet – Why the world needs Anthropologists

Durham, 28th to 29th October

The fifth edition of the annual symposium Why the World Needs Anthropologists explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

Be inspired by top speakers.

Improve your skills at our thematic workshops.

Visit exhibition stands at the Energy Hotspot and meet new people

Registration for this free event will open on 1 September 2017. However, you can subscribe now at and follow updates also on Facebook:

We are expecting designers, engineers, managers, and representatives of IT companies, NGOs, and governmental institutions to join us in Durham. We also wish to attract both anthropology and non-anthropology students (electrical and computer engineering, sociology, environmental studies, etc.) to the event. Everyone is welcome!


  • Benj Sykes – DONG Energy
  • Sophie Bouly de Lesdain – EDF
  • Tanja Winther – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
  • Veronica Strang – Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University


During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.


Accounting for Energy (Energethics)

The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.

Ethno-Engineering (LCEDN)

How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.

Insightful Jobs (ASA Apply)

Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.

Mining History (Durham Energy Institute)

A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.


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