Event: Powering future societies

Explore how future lifestyles will impact the electricity and tech industries.

How can understanding our social future improve electricity sector planning and shape Melbourne’s emerging technology?

As part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, join researchers from the Emerging Technologies Research Lab to investigate findings from their Digital Energy Futures (DEF) project. The DEF project aims to understand and forecast changing digital lifestyle trends and social practices, and their impact on the future energy needs of Australian households.

Attendees to this free live and online event will also be invited to take part in a future-visioning exercise, to unearth how Melburnians imagine their home’s future technology and energy needs.

Event speakers:

Professor Sarah Pink is a world-leading Design Anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies. She will discuss the research methods used to uncover the hopes and anxieties of everyday Australians.

Dr Kari Dahlgren is a social anthropologist interested in the ethical aspects of energy production and consumption in Australia. Kari will reveal the emerging digital energy future trends drawn from the first stage of almost 200 residential energy consumers in in-depth research activities – making it the most extensive sociological study of energy demand and consumers’ energy futures conducted in Australia.

Dr Larissa Nicholls specialises in bringing deeper understandings of household practices and concerns into Australia’s ongoing policy debates about energy affordability, sustainability and reliability. Larissa will speak about how the Digital Energy Futures project accounts for different energy futures, visioning and diversity.

This event is part of the Digital Energy Futures (DEF) project, a partnership between Monash University, the Australian Research Council, Ausgrid, AusNet Services and Energy Consumers Australia.


Date: Tuesday 27 April
Time: 12.30 to 2 pm

Location: Meat Market Hub: auditorium and Digital Hub
3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne


Create an account with the Melbourne Knowledge Week Digital Hub to watch the full event here.