Children’s Understandings of Peak Oil (CUPO)
A British Academy funded project
Monday September 30th, 2013
12.30pm – 15.00 pm
Venue: Chancellors building Room CBA 0.005
Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
Keele University is hosting this dissemination event for the Children’s Understandings of Peak Oil (CUPO) project. The aim of the project was to explore how children, aged 12-16, think about and understand a range of issues linked to potentially limited future supplies of oil and the educational and social implications. Oil is central to modern societies but it is a finite and non-renewable resource. Some energy experts and academics suggest that we have already, or are about to, hit the peak of oil production (peak oil) - the point at which oil becomes increasingly more expensive to produce as demand rises and oil reserves enter terminal decline. For societies and economies that are heavily dependent on oil, the future poses significant challenges - especially for children and young people and the event aims to stimulate discussion about the curricular and social implications of the research. Findings from the project will be presented around the following questions:
1) How do children understand the concept of peak oil and its implications for their own and their families' current and future lives?
2) What significance is attached to peak oil in children's understandings of social inequalities and inequities?
3) What, how and where is and should peak oil be taught in the curriculum?
This event is open to all but especially aimed at education practitioners, professionals and policy-makers.
The event is free but you will need to register to attend. To register for the CUPO event please contact Ms Ilia Xypolia at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 1782 733515.
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:40 Will fracking save us from peak oil?
Professor Bulent Gokay
13.40 – 13:50 Tea/coffee
13:50 – 14.30 A summary of findings from the CUPO project
Professor Farzana Shain, Ms Ilia Xypolia and Mrs Sian Edwards
14:30 – 15:00 Open discussion – next steps
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