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Demanding Energy

Space, Time and Change

  • Allison Hui
  • Rosie Day
  • Gordon Walker


  • Offers a social scientific perspective on the topic of energy demand

  • Focuses on the diverse and varied processes of energy demand embedded in everyday life

  • Challenges existing assumptions in the relationship between social dynamics and energy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Allison Hui, Rosie Day, Gordon Walker
    Pages 1-26 Open Access
  3. Part 1

  4. Part 2

  5. Part 3

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-144
    2. Rosie Day, Russell Hitchings, Emmet Fox, Susan Venn, Julia F. Hibbert
      Pages 183-200
  6. Part 4

  7. Part 5

About this book


This edited collection critically engages with an important but rarely-asked question: what is energy for? This starting point foregrounds the diverse social processes implicated in the making of energy demand and how these change over time to shape the past patterns, present dynamics and future trajectories of energy use. Through a series of innovative case studies, the book explores how energy demand is embedded in shared practices and activities within society, such as going to music festivals, cooking food, travelling for business or leisure and working in hospitals.

Demanding Energy investigates the dynamics of energy demand in organisations and everyday life, and demonstrates how crucial an understanding of spatiality and temporality is in order to grasp the relationship between energy demand and everyday practices.

This collection will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of energy, climate change, transport, sustainability and sociologies and geographies of consumption and environment.

Chapters 1 and 15 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Environmental Sociology Theories of Practice and Energy Demand Energy Practices Sustainability Climate Change Energy Management Energy Provision Energy Consumption in Geneva Energy Use and Urban Music Festivals Energy Intensive Transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Allison Hui
    • 1
  • Rosie Day
    • 2
  • Gordon Walker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Geography Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Lancaster Environment CentreLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Allison Hui is Academic Fellow at the Department of Sociology and DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Rosie Day is Senior Lecturer in the Environment and Society at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Gordon Walker is Professor at the DEMAND Centre and Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

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