PEOPLE Project was “Powering the Planet” in Durham, United Kingdom


On 28 and 29 October 2017, PEOPLE project took part in the 5th edition of Why the World Needs Anthropologists symposium, the largest and most visible applied anthropology meeting in Europe. Organised annually since 2013 by the Applied Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), the event brings together anthropologists and non-anthropologists to collaboratively tackle urgent global matters.

This year, the symposium – being a result of the PEOPLE project – explored how energy professionals, anthropologists, and other social scientists can cooperate in designing and deploying energy innovations that alter the world for the better. More than 200 participants from 20 countries gathered at Durham University for the inspiring talks and hands-on workshops. Our flyer, presenting all nine PEOPLE partner organisations and the key aims of the PEOPLE project, was included in the event folders handed out to all participants at the registration desk.

The PEOPLE project was also part of the Energy Hotspot, a networking side event organised at the symposium. At our stall, we presented the newly issued PEOPLE Newsletter No. 2 and networked with students, academics, and energy professionals.

PEOPLE team at the Energy Hotspot

As an introduction to the panel discussion with all four keynote speakers, we premiered our new video, an animated sketch that presents the PEOPLE project’s approach, key aims and goals in 2 minutes and 50 seconds. We were proud to see it on big screen along with all the organisers, speakers, and participants of the symposium. If you have not yet come across the video on our social media channels (Facebook or Twitter), you are kindly invited to view it here!

The PEOPLE project also took care of those who were not able to join us in Durham: live stream of the symposium was “powered by the PEOPLE”. Separate videos of the talks and panel discussion will soon be available on our website. Stay tuned for more news on how the PEOPLE team will continue to “power the planet”!