Applications are invited for a funded PhD position at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast. This PhD project provides an opportunity to explore the historical interplay among modern energy life, consumer culture and environmental thinking in late 20th century UK and Ireland.The project studies the historical evolution of energy consumers’ collective identity in a period when early optimistic visions for an energy future was seriously undermined by the 1970s energy crisis and then by growing concern about global climate change. These energy-related crises—along with the rise of environmentalism and ethical consumerism—engendered crucial contexts where ‘energy citizenship’ later emerged in the 1990s. The main aim of this project is to illuminate historical precedents to the ethical and ecological dimensions of energy consumption and draw lessons for today’s discussion of energy citizenship, just energy transition and societal decarbonisation.

Due to funding restrictions, only UK students are eligible.

The application deadline is 30 September 2021.

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