19-23 Jun 2017 Lyon (France)

About the summer school

The European project “Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy” (SHAPE ENERGY) will be hosting an international summer school on energy and social sciences and humanities. This pluridisciplinary summer school for PhD students working within Social Science and Humanities (SSH) energy research will focus on how SSH research can contribute to tackle the many energy-related challenges in Europe. Key energy topics will be discussed with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and on the translation of academic research into policy and practice.

Starting by a focus on future energy challenges for the European Union and their need to be investigated by interdisciplinary research the summer school will investigate:

-          Global energy dilemmas;

-          Energy transition;

-          Public engagement and energy citizenship;

-          Consumption and social practices;

-          Energy poverty.


Speakers at the Summer School include:

  • Pr. Michael Bradshaw, Warwick Business School, UK (on global energy)
  • Pr. Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Manchester, UK (on paths to dependency and energy poverty)
  • Pr. Gilles Debizet, Grenoble Alpes University, France (on future scenarii of socio-energy assemblage in cities)
  • Pr. Ute Dubois, International Business School, Paris, France (on health and energy poverty)
  • Dr. Chris Foulds, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK (on interdisciplinarity and future energy challenges)
  • Dr. Mohamed El Mankibi, ENTPE, Lyon, France (on what is energy, how it is produced)
  • Dr. Gary Goggins, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (on ENERGISE project)
  • Dr. Sara Heidenreich, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (on energy citizenship)
  • Pr. Aurèlia Mañé-Estrada, University of Barcelona, Spain (on energy transition and political economy)
  • Dr. Nathalie Ortar, ENTPE, Lyon, France (on consumption and social practices)
  • Dr. Goda  Perlaviciute, University of Groningen, Netherlands (on public acceptability of energy sources)
  • Dr. Gerd Schönwälder, European Commission (on future energy challenges)
  • Patrick Sumpf, Karlsruher Insitut für Technologie, Germany (on energy challenge)
  • Dr. Annika Weiss, Karlsruhe Institute of technology,Germany (On interdisciplinary scenario creation with cross-impact balance analysis)


The Summer School is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other PhD students from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, economics, history, human geography, sociology, planning and politics. Advanced researchers and practitioners involved in leading European energy projects will present their expertise and facilitate the understanding of the role of SSH energy research for policy and practice.

The five intensive days will be academically challenging and fun, with presentations, indoor and outdoor workshops and networking activities. Participants will be invited to consider how we best represent and understand energy from different angles and disciplinary perspectives, and encouraged to think about how the theoretical and methodological issues discussed relate to their own work.

Participants will be required to do writing before the summer school and will be expected to actively engage in workshops and activities when they are there.


How to apply

We invite applications from PhD Students with a specific focus on Energy.

Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.


To apply first register and then submit a 500 words description of your PhD topic. The registration will be considered as completed only after the submission of the description of your PhD topic.


Tuition is free! Accommodation and travel are at the student's expenses.


Closing date for abstract submission: 15 may


Number of places is limited to 40.


logo_eu_1.pngThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731264.





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Summer school venue

Summer school will take place on the campus of the ENTPE









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