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Energy and Humanity

To accomplish the CES vision requires understanding energy as a product of human ideas, work, and organization and as an integral element in the configuration of human identities, of human lives and livelihoods, and of the social, political, cultural, and economic fabrics and landscapes of human societies. Energy is therefore a profoundly human enterprise and one that deserves to be fully understood as such. CES brings together dynamics researchers across a wide array of humanities and social sciences disciplines to study the human and social dimensions of energy.


  • Energy History: Examining the historical trajectories of the ideas, institutions, and systems that make up energy and the people who create and inhabit them.
  • Energy Humanities: Exploring energy in and through the arts, literature, philosophy, and religion.
  • Socio-Energy Systems: Analyzing the deep integration of energy into social dynamics, systems, and outcomes.
  • Energy Geographies: Examining the places and landscapes of energy production and consumption.
  • Political Economies of Energy: Unpacking the relationships of energy, wealth, and power.
  • Energy Markets and Innovation: Analyzing energy as an element of markets and of the emergence and trajectories of novel energy technologies.
  • Energy and Development: Exploring the place of energy in social and economic development and poverty alleviation.
  • Energy Justice: Exploring the distrubution of benefits and risks of energy development and the power of stakeholdersto influence energy innovation.