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The Energy Humanities is an emerging field of study about energy and society.


Energy shapes culture. How we work, play, dream, and live is indebted to our use of fossil fuels.


We need new ways of thinking about energy. Art, philosophy, literature, and history can help us see our future and the challenges we face in a new light


Becoming sustainable requires more than replacing combustion engines with batteries. It means living together differently.


Solar panels, electric cars, or plastic-eating microbes? Let’s move beyond technocentric solutions to social and political problems.


Read what energy humanities scholars are saying.

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum

Welcome to Energy Humanities

Developed by the Transitions in Energy, Culture, and Society (TECS) project and the Petrocultures Research Group, energy humanities will feature commentary on current developments in energy and the environment, announcements and news items, and video interviews with influential and emerging voices on energy & society. This site will act as a gathering place for the exciting insights the humanities provide about the social nature of our environmental crises.

December 21, 2020
Derek Gladwin

What's your energy story?

As our society transitions to new forms of energy, our social and cultural stories will also change. Derek Gladwin explores how the energy humanities provide a useful framework for understanding and speaking about our individual and collective energy stories.

December 10, 2020
Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard

Researchers work with high school students from 18 countries to address energy futures

Despite a recent surge in youth climate activism around the world, climate-related topics remain marginal in formal education in many countries. A team of researchers created the International Youth Deliberation on Energy Futures to fill the gap. Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard explain what they were up to, and how the students responded.

December 3, 2020
Christiaan De Beukelaer

Ships moved more than 11 billion tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it’s killing the climate.

The shipping of goods around the world keeps economies going. But it comes at an enormous environmental cost – producing more CO₂ than the aviation industry. This problem should be getting urgent international attention and action, but, as Christiaan De Beukelaer explains, it’s not.


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Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Fossil fuels, like nuclear weapons, are a major global threat. Watch this video to hear more about a proposed global framework to phase out coal, oil and gas fairly and forever. Endorse the concept as an organisation or individual at #ClimateWeekNYC

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