Energy, imaginaries, design, and futures

EIRES Lunch lecture

Friday April 30, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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EIRES - Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems kindly invites you to join the 13th EIRES Lunch lecture.

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Friday 30 April 2021

12h00 - 13h00 CET

Energy, imaginaries, design, and futures

How do you imagine and understand energy? How do you picture energy transitions happening, in everyday life? Your knowledge and expertise probably lead you to have certain ways of thinking about—and understanding—the science and the technologies, which will affect how you act. But you also know that other people, from everyday citizens to government policymakers, will have different understandings of the subject, and different visions for the future. These imaginaries (to use a term from sociology), encompassing individual mental models but also wider societal-level conceptions of technologies and futures, can influence our behaviour and practices at multiple scales. Design research offers some practical ways of investigating imaginaries (and how they affect use behaviour and practices) which can help inform the energy transition, and also ways of bringing possible futures into more experiential forms of prototype, including consideration of the human factors of interaction with technologies at an everyday scale. In this talk, Dan Lockton will offer some insights from a range of projects around design approaches to energy, behaviour, and transitions.

Richard van de Sanden - TU/e | EIRES

Dan Lockton - TU/e | Industrial Design - Future Everyday group

Dr. Dan Lockton is a designer and researcher focusing on people's interactions with technology, and how that affects the way we think and behave, particularly around transitions to more sustainable futures. He joined TU/e as an assistant professor in the Future Everyday group of the department of Industrial Design in 2021 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Lockton has held research positions at the Royal College of Art, University of Warwick, and Brunel University, and through projects in the UK, Europe, and US, has collaborated with organisations including the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Philips, and Demos Helsinki. In relation to energy, he has been a postdoc on the Interreg SusLabNWE Living Labs project led by TU Delft, and a research fellow on the UK's CarbonCulture project. He has a BSc in Industrial Design Engineering from Brunel University, London, a Master's in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Design from Brunel, which led to Design with Intent, a design toolkit around behaviour change. Lockton also established the Imaginaries Lab, a research-through-design studio which is developing practical co-design and facilitation tools around imaginaries and futures.

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Target audience
EIRES Lunch lectures are open for anyone interested in the latest developments in energy storage and conversion. Different keynote speakers from academia and industry will present their views, solutions and outlooks on the topic. The lectures leave plenty of room for discussion. We value your input. Looking forward meeting you!

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EIRES enables a CO2-neutral energy system by developing solutions that deliver the energy transition to people’s homes in a manufacturable, scalable, and affordable way.