Postdoc vacancy: Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities

Announcing a Postdoctoral Position in the Graduate Program
“Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities”

The Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad) at Darmstadt University of Technology is currently setting up a new graduate program on urban and infrastructural change in East Africa. This interdisciplinary program is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation and includes the following academic subjects: Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, Urban Development and Design, History of Technology, and Economic Geography and Global Studies. Within this program we are currently inviting applications for a

Postdoctoral Position (full-time, 3 years)

beginning in October, 2014 in the field of urban and infrastructure planning. The program “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” focuses on developments in the East-African cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. In particular, it highlights the history of and the current challenges posed by urban infrastructures—the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, telecommunication, and transportation services. Within its framework, researchers critically investigate the tensions between, on the one hand, internationally circulating technological ideals and models in the planning, design and construction of cities (especially those of the networked city) and, on the other hand, local processes of appropriation and modification.

We invite applications from candidates with a completed doctorate in urban/regional planning, geography, political science or a related field of study with excellent academic records, research experience in cities of the Global South and a strong interest for African cities, and who are socially and politically engaged (e.g., in NGOs, university bodies or labor unions). Your previous research activities and your publication record reflect your strong interest and extensive knowledge in the fields of urban studies, urban governance and planning and your strong methodological skills in empirical social research. Knowledge in the fields of social studies of technology and/or postcolonial (urban) studies is desirable for this position. You will be expected to conduct critical research on the urban planning and governance of infrastructure in both cities, publish internationally, and teach within our Ph.D. program, to advise the Ph.D. candidates, to participate in and coordinate the academic activities of the program and to expand and deepen our network with partners from academia, planning practice and labor unions.

We offer an excellent research environment in a motivated, international team at a leading academic institution as well as the possibility for exchange in national and international networks. We encourage you to actively participate at the Darmstadt Research Centre for Urban Studies, the Frankfurt Center for Interdisciplinary African Studies and the networks of the Hans-Böckler Foundation. We offer salary according to the German public service pay scale depending on qualification and experience. Salaries range between 46,000 and 58,000 Euros per year (TV-TU Darmstadt E14). For more information, please refer to:, or contact the program director Jochen Monstadt +49-6151 16 2248;;).

The TU Darmstadt has an affirmative action program to promote equity in the employment of women, members of underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Interested candidates are asked to send their application (in English or German) as an email attachment directly to the following address: Please include (1) a letter of motivation, (2) your CV including information on your political engagement, e.g. in NGOs, labor unions or university bodies, (3.) a 5-8-page first sketch describing your postdoc research project and how it might contribute to our general research program, (4.) transcripts, and (5.) two short samples of recent publications (article and/or dissertation chapter); please merge the documents into one single pdf-file, max. 6 MB. The deadline is July 27, 2014. The job interviews will take place between August, 1-6.

We look forward to receiving your application!

London Workshop: Petro-urbanisms: Urban futures on the oil frontier

Today urbanisation processes in many parts of the globe are directly linked to the hydro carbon economy, producing forms of urbanism that emerge from the often significant finances being generated, the struggle over control of these resources and the contested futures of these rapidly growing cities. Together with the planetary scale infrastructures required to sustain contemporary urban life it is clear that oil is integral to how we understand cities. In this workshop these petro-urbanisms are interrogated to investigate how uncertainty mediates unfolding urbanisation across and beyond oil regions, the politics of these material transformations and the ways that imaginaries, responses and contestations of the urban future can be understood as deeply entwined with global infrastructures of oil.

Speakers include:
Andrew Barry (Department of Geography, UCL)
Chloé Buire (Department of Geography, Durham University)
Nelida Fuccaro (Department of History, SOAS)
Matt Wilde (Department of Anthropology, LSE)
ThienVinh Nguyen (Department of Geography, UCL)
Gisa Weszkalnys (Department of Anthropology, LSE)

Further information available online:

British Institute of Energy Economics conference

Here’s a reminder about this year’s conference of the British institute of Energy Economics (to take place in September). A number of Energy Geographies Working Group members will be chairing and/or presenting (including Gavin Bridge and Mike Bradshaw). Would be great to get good EGWG attendance there.

See the attached leaflet for more details
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We are looking for a new Communications Officer

The Energy Geographies Working Group (EGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) is looking for a Communications Officer to manage the information channels of the group.

After a prolonged period of excellent service for the group, our Communications Officers – Sarah Marie Hall and Jon Phillips – have decided to step down from the EGWG Committee. We grateful for their committed engagement over the last year.

Their departure, however, means that we are now advertising for a new communications officer. This position has mainly centred on the management and maintenance of the EGWG blog at, and the @energygeography twitter account, but there is scope to develop the role in new ways.

The person who takes on the role is a full member of the EGWG Committee and, in that capacity, is also involved in decisions about EGWG-sponsored activities. We are seeking nominations by Thursday 18th July 2014. The post is open to anyone who is part of the EGWG (which is free and open to join) and we actively welcome nominations for post-graduates. Please send any nominations to me at

Vacancy: Research Fellow/Assistant Professor, Energy Governance at University of St Gallen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Assistant Professor (100%)

A member of the University of St. Gallen’s Center for Energy Innovation, Governance and Investment (EGI-HSG), which is part of the larger federally funded Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER-CREST), the Institute of Political Science at the University of St. Gallen (IPW-HSG) seeks to appoint a Research Fellow/Assistant Professor in the field of Energy Governance for an initial three year term beginning on September 1, 2014 or by agreement.

The intersection of energy and environmental protection shapes and is shaped by international politics and institutions. The international community has been grappling with establishing effective national and international institutions to limit greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon markets. Understanding the (geo)politics of global energy markets, the international competition in the race for clean energy economies, and devising effective policies for promoting renewable energies will be essential to anticipating and addressing the challenges of energy transitions. With Switzerland and Germany already pursuing a transition from carbon-based to renewable energies and the phase out of nuclear power, many of these questions are directly relevant to ongoing political processes.

The successful applicant will be expected to initiate and conduct research in a number of funded projects related to energy governance in the context of globalized markets and distribution networks and national efforts to transit from carbon-based to renewable sources of energy. His or her research will be directed toward enhancing our understanding of the various dimensions of the energy transition: (1) the intersection of energy security, the environment and international governance; (2) the effects of regional and global interdependence on states’ efforts to move toward renewable energies; (3) public policies designed to increase private investment in renewable energy; and (4) public policies designed to shift personal behavior in support of energy transitions. S/he will have completed the doctorate, have a demonstrated interest in basic and applied research, as well as a track record of publications in internationally recognized journals and/or university presses.

Applications should be submitted either by mail or email by July 15, 2014. In addition to a cover letter and CV with full list of publications, candidates should submit a statement of their future research program, a sample of recent research work in the form of a peer-reviewed journal article, manuscript under review at a peer-review journal or a book chapter, and a list of three references with full contact information.

The University of St. Gallen is committed to enhancing gender diversity in the faculty. Applications from women are particularly welcome. Information on the University of St. Gallen’s Center for Energy Innovation, Governance and Investment can be found at:

Professor James W. Davis, Ph.D.
Institute of Political Science
University of St. Gallen
Rosenbergstrasse 51
CH-9000 St. Gallen


2014 Postgraduate & Early Career Fuel Poverty Research Symposium

You are invited to attend the 2014 Postgraduate and Early Career Fuel Poverty Research Symposium. This will take place on Friday July 18th 2014, at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

About 20% of households in the UK live in fuel poverty, a state whereby they cannot keep their homes warm at affordable cost. The need to find an effective solution to the problem of fuel poverty has never been more relevant. Research plays a fundamental role in the formation and implementation of affordable warmth strategies.

This Symposium acknowledges the important contribution of the postgraduate, post-doctoral and early career research community to the understanding of fuel poverty in society and it aims to bring these researchers together to share recent results and initiate discussions that can lead to deeper understanding of fuel poverty. The event will also provide a unique opportunity for networking with research peers within a subject-specific forum, with a view to promoting the sharing of knowledge and potential collaboration in future research.

The Symposium will examine several aspects of fuel poverty research, specifically: Health, Households and Energy Efficiency; Fuel Poverty and Governance; Fuel Poverty in the European Union; and Conceptualizing Fuel Poverty. Presentations will feature research results from the UK, Belgium, Spain and Central Europe. A full list of speakers and their topics is available here. We are also pleased to announce several guest presentations from experienced practitioners, policy-makers and academics currently working in the field of fuel poverty. Details on our guest speakers are available here.

Attendance at the event is free but in order to attend please register at the following link:

Please note that places at this Symposium are limited and are intended for postgraduate and early career researchers. Small bursaries are available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for those travelling from outside Northern Ireland.

If you require any further information, please contact the organizers or visit our website at

This event is organized by Ben Christman (PhD candidate, Queen’s University Belfast) and Ryan Walker (PhD candidate, University of Ulster)

It is generously supported by the UK Social Policy Association, Queen’s University Belfast School of Law, Human Rights Centre and Postgraduate Centre, and the University of Ulster Fuel Poverty Research Group.

CFP: Energy geographies in international perspective

Annual Conference of the Working Group on Geographical Energy Research, German Geographical Society (DGfG) in Bonn

21st and 22nd of November, 2014

“Energy geographies in international perspective”

Call for Papers

The transition to renewable energies and a carbon-neutral energy supply have become major political goals for nation-states as well as regional governments. There is a very dynamic development of energy and climate policies, and the associated changes in the energy systems exhibit a variety of country- and region-specific development paths and challenges. Especially “energy-hungry” countries like China, India and other emerging countries and regions in the global South are facing technological, political, administrative, societal and economic challenges in their ambitions to support sustainable growth. The transformation of these countries’ energy systems includes opportunities for both leapfrogging carbon-intensive energy technologies and learning from pioneering countries by adapting their successful low- and no-carbon systems and institutions.

This year’s conference will focus on international perspectives of energy geographies in addition to current developments and research on Germany’s and Europe’s energy system. We invite scholars to present new research findings and discussions from around the globe, thus participating in mutual exchange, especially across borders, and establishing international networks to share experiences and advance learning processes. Following the interdisciplinary and integrative character of the working group, we invite researchers from different disciplines as well as practitioners to participate in the Call for Papers.