The AAG in Tampa: Energy geographers take over


A short report and some thoughts on the energy geography sessions at the recent Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa …

Originally posted on Energy Vulnerability and Urban Transitions:

The meeting took place at the Tampa Convention Center (photo by Saska Petrova)

The meeting took place at the Tampa Convention Center (photo by Saska Petrova)

Following its overwhelming presence at the last three Annual Conferences of the Royal Geographical Society, energy geography research is now featured to a similar extent at the US counterpart of this event: the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). This year’s meeting took place in Tampa (Florida) and was extremely well attended by geographers from across the world. Although energy was not singled out as one of the meeting’s key themes, sustainability and climate change were given such treatment. Indeed, the number of energy sessions (25) and papers (more than 100) indicated that energy related topics have increased their popularity among both human and physical geographers. While most of the energy sessions were supported by the AAG Energy and Environment Specialty Group (EESG), many papers were presented as a part of thematically broader sessions (for example: Climate change and indigenous…

View original 779 more words

Vacancy: Postdoc on Citizen Acceptance of Energy Technology and Infrastructure


The School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a dynamic graduate school in which both social and natural scientists apply multi-disciplinary approaches to research in resource and environmental management. The School seeks to fill a post-doctoral position in the Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG), specializing in citizen acceptance of energy technology and infrastructure.

The successful applicant will work on a variety of projects with Dr. Jonn Axsen, potentially including (but not limited to) citizen acceptance of large-scale energy infrastructure (e.g. renewables, pipelines, oil sands, natural gas), consumer perceptions and valuation of plug-in electric vehicles, social influence and environmental behaviour, and modeling the social impacts of environmental and climate policies. We invite applications from recent Ph.D. graduates seeking to develop (or continuing to develop) research careers relating to sustainable behaviour, energy technology, and policy.

The ideal candidate will be very eager to conduct novel, useful research in this field, and to publish results in top-level academic journals. The candidate will also help to advise and mentor graduate students, and help to manage related research projects.

Required Skills: Survey Design, Implementation, and Analysis. Previous experience in project management and student mentorship is also considered an asset.

Other Skills (considered an asset): Advanced Statistical Analysis, Discrete Choice Modeling, Energy-Economy Modeling (E.G. Optimization or Simulation Models), Transportation Modeling, Diffusion Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling, Social Network Analysis, Qualitative Interviews and Ethnographic Analysis.

For complete job posting visit:

Vacancy: Research Associate/Fellow in the diffusion of low-energy innovations

Closing date: 27/04/2014

You will be based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester, where you will join a vibrant team of social science researchers working on innovation, consumption, and sustainability transitions.

On of the aims of the role is to better understand the causal mechanisms in the diffusion process of low-energy innovations. Using the multi-level perspective on transitions as a background perspective, the project aims to conceptually elaborate the social, economic, political and cultural mechanisms in the diffusion of low-energy systemic innovations. Empirically, the project will use these mechanisms to compare and explain the relatively low uptake in the UK with more successful diffusion in other countries of: district heating (Sweden vs. UK), low-carbon passive houses (Germany vs. UK) and urban light-rail systems (France/Germany vs. UK).

You will hold a PhD in innovation studies or related field, preferably with a sociological or political science orientation. You should have demonstrable experience in qualitative case study methods and have a strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals. You should have empirical knowledge of some of the empirical areas, and be familiar with the literature on socio-technical transitions and diffusion.

Interviews will take place on Monday 12 May 2014.

More information is available at:

Energy Sessions at the 2014 AAG Conference in Tampa

Energy and Environment Specialty Group (EESG) announcements for AAG meting in Tampa, FL:

EESG Business Meeting:
3358 The EEESG Business Meeting will take place on Thursday, 4/10/2014, from 11:50 AM – 12:30 PM in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor. Please attend to find out more about the Specialty Group and how you can get involved. Awards will be announced at the meeting.

EESG Annual Plenary Lecture:
3618 The EESG Plenary Lecture: “The Ocean Grab: Extractive Capital in the Deep Blue Sea,” by Dr. Anna Zalik will take place on Thursday, 4/10/2014, from 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM in Room 18, TCC, First Floor.

EESG, CAPE and HDGC Party:
The EESG, CAPE and HDGC Specialty Groups join to host a party titled: “Unruly Natures,” which will take place on Thursday, 4/10/2014, from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM at the Fly Bar & Restaurant. The party will be at the rooftop deck. The Fly is located at 1202 N. Franklin St. Please join us to celebrate our Specialty Groups.

EESG sponsored sessions:
The EESG is happy to sponsor many sessions at this year’s AAG meeting in Tampa, FL. The sessions are listed by day, time and session number. For more information, please check the AAG program, the AAG app, the EESG website and the EESG Facebook page

Tuesday, April 8:

12:40 PM – 2:20 PM
1431 Measurement and Modeling of Environmental Degradation and Pollution in Room 31, TCC, Fourth Floor

2:40 PM – 4:20 PM
1531 Theorizing Neoliberalism from the Inside Out in Room 31, TCC, Fourth Floor

Wednesday, April 9:

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM
2131 Operationalizing the Geo-Energy Space 1: Socio-Technical Assemblages in Room 31, TCC, Fourth Floor

10:00 AM – 11:40 AM
2231 Operationalizing the Geo-Energy Space 2: Vibrant Matter in Room 31, TCC, Fourth Floor

12:40 PM – 2:20 PM
2418 Networks of Environmental Governance 1 in Room 18, TCC, First Floor
2437 Geographical Research on the Fracking Frontier: Understanding the Social and Environmental Dimensions of Developing Shale Fossil Fuels (Panel Session) in Room 37, TCC, Fourth Floor

2:40 PM – 4:20 PM
2518 Networks of Environmental Governance 2 in Room 18, TCC, First Floor
2537 Fracking Landscapes: Examinations of Governance, Identity, and Resistance in Room 37, TCC, Fourth Floor

4:40 PM – 6:20 PM
2616 Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples (Part 4): Environmental Justice and the Water-Energy Nexus Panel Discussion in Room 16, TCC, First Floor

Thursday, April 10:

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM
3158 Teaching Energy Geographies: Successful Approaches (Panel Session) in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor

10:00 AM – 11:40 AM
3258 Geographic Perspectives on Wind Energy in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor

Friday, April 11:

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM
4158 Energy Transitions I in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor.

10:00 AM – 11:40 AM
4258 Energy Transitions II in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor.

12:40 PM – 2:20 PM
4458 Energy Transitions III in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor.

2:40 PM – 4:20 PM
4558 Energy Transitions IV in Grand Salon G, Marriot, Second Floor.

Saturday, April 12:

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM
5168 Energy and the Socioecological Production of Space I: Geographies of Extraction in Meeting Room 1, Marriot, Second Floor

10:00 AM – 11:40 AM
5268 Energy and the Socioecological Production of Space II: Infrastructure in Meeting Room 1, Marriot, Second Floor

2:00 PM – 3:40 PM
5468 Energy and the Socioecological Production of Space III: Energy and Territory in Meeting Room 1, Marriot, Second Floor

4:00 PM – 5:40 PM
5568 Energy and the Socioecological Production of Space IV: Historical Materialism and the Spatial Fix in Meeting Room 1, Marriot, Second Floor

East African Writeshop on Transitions to Modern Energy Systems

Call for Applications

East African Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Transitions to Modern Energy Systems

11-15 August 2014

Nairobi, Kenya

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is calling for applications from young scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and others from Africa who are working on the issue of transitions to modern energy systems to participate in a Writeshop from 11-15 August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the Writeshop, participants will produce a peer-review, publishable quality article and they will gain enhanced awareness of the process of writing papers for academic journals. These skills will allow their work to generate new knowledge and inform policy making on key issues of sustainable energy, energy access and rural transformation.

The Writeshop will involve one-on-one work with facilitators to provide guidance and supplemental training on academic writing skills and argumentation, in order to help new authors reach a standard of writing suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals. A maximum of fourteen participants will be selected.

Applicants should be aware that the Writeshop is not intended to provide training on the subject of energy and development – we expect that you already have these skills.

More information is available in the attached document: Writeshop_Call for applications_Nairobi_final

Call for Papers: Smart Metering Technology & Society

Call for papers on Smart Metering Technology & Society

TEDDINET are organising a special issue in the journal of Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (TASM) on the socio-technical nature of a ‘smart’ electric future.

Full papers (7000 words max.) to be submitted by 30 May 2014.

For full details please visit:

PhD Studentships in energy mobility and demand at the DEMAND Centre

PhD Studentships in the DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University

Two 3 year fully funded PhD studentships are available to start in October 2014. The ‘Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand Centre’ is a newly established social science led research centre that is investigating the foundations and dynamics of energy demand in the context of low carbon policies and demand reduction objectives.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant academic community both at Lancaster and across the DEMAND consortium. This will provide many added benefits in terms of the development of strong academic and non-academic networks and involvement in summer schools, workshops, seminars and reading and writing groups.

There are four potential topic areas for the studentships and we are open to these being approached using ideas and concepts from across different traditions including political science, history, human geography, social theories of practice; normative theory; technology/innovation studies, organisation/management studies and sociology.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree at 2(i) or first class level, and a relevant postgraduate Masters degree. We are only able to accept applications from UK or EU citizens, resident in the UK/EU. For further details see

Deadline for Applications is 9 May 2014.