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Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute, Durham University

Simone Abram qualified in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Manchester University, then studied Social Anthropology at Oxford University. After a DPhil on history and heritage in the French Auvergne, she turned to questions of governance, with research on local and regional planning in the UK and Norway. Her work now spans the fields of governance, tourism and energy. A monograph, ‘Culture and Planning’ challenges planners to think differently about society.

Since 2014 her research has moved into energy issues, and she is currently a co-investigator at the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration. Publications on the anthropology of energy include an edition of 'Cultural Anthropology' on 'Our Lives with Electric Things' ( )
and an edited book 'Electrifying Anthropology' ( )

She also continues research in Norway, as co-Investigator at the INCLUDE Centre for social inclusive energy transition ( )
and as co-investigator on 'Materialising Kinship' (see )


  • –present
    Reader in the Dept of Anthropology, Durham University


  • 1994 
    Oxford University, DPhil