A Professor in International Politics is sought at the University of Ghent, in the field of international energy policy or politics. Deadline for Applications is 4th April 2014.
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A Professor in International Politics is sought at the University of Ghent, in the field of international energy policy or politics. Deadline for Applications is 4th April 2014.
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UK Energy Research Centre International Summer School
The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) is holding its 10th Annual Energy Summer School from 6th to 11th July 2014 at the University of Warwick, UK. There will be 100 places available for UK and international students.
The School has been designed to give second year PhD students an opportunity to look beyond their own research and develop a broader understanding of energy and look at pathways to low-carbon and more resilient energy systems. It is professionally facilitated to provide continual support for participants, and includes networking opportunities, as well as social events.
We welcome applications from those engaged in energy-related research including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and business aspects of energy and energy systems.
The Summer School is conducted in English and is highly interactive, so the ability to speak and comprehend English is essential. A fee of £800 will be charged to cover five-nights’ accommodation and all meals during the School. The School is normally over-subscribed and UKERC gives preference to second year PhD students, and those who represent a mix of disciplines and provide a balance of UK and non-UK students
During the week-long School, which runs in parallel to the annual meeting of UKERC’s research community, students will:
• Gain understanding of global commercial, political and technological challenges in the transition to a low-carbon energy system;
• Get involved in high level debate on energy technologies and research priorities in a number of key research areas, from demand reduction to future sources of energy;
• Be presented with a number of contrasting international perspectives on energy;
• Network with key academic and energy research contacts;
• Research, debate and agree a collective vision for a low-carbon energy system with the opportunity to apply their current research and present their work to senior academics, industry and policymakers; and
• Develop and practice professional skills in communication and engagement.
Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail from 25th April 2014 and at that time will be asked to formally accept their place.
Registration – Registration is now open until midnight GMT on 7th April 2014. To register visit: http://www.regonline.co.uk/ukercSS2014
If you have further questions, contact Diana Batista – t: +44 (0)207 594 1574, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) has released a world map of energy research, which can be found at: http://lcedn.com/resources/data-visualization/
The world research map is all research from the last 15 years that has at least one UK researcher and academic institution linked to it and it is searchable by institution, type of energy or country.
All that is required is to click on one of the drop-down tabs on the map and click on the energy type, country or institution of interest, which will be highlighted on the map. You then left-click on the highlighted zone and a list of all the relevant research will come up in a pop-up, complete with links; clicking on the links (subject to copyright, institutional licenses etc.)
Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London are hosting the premiere of Powering the Top of the World, a documentary film by Energy Futures-CDT students Chris Emmott and Chris Mazur.
In late 2012 Chris & Chris were awarded funding from the EF-CDT to go to Nepal and make a film highlighting the energy landscape of the country.
Date: Thursday 3rd April
Timing: Coffee from 18:00, Film starts at 18:30
Location: Concert Hall, Imperial College Union, London
Tickets are free.
Powering the Top of the World
Nepal resides in a unique situation, trapped between two countries which are rapidly becoming the world’s largest energy consumers; it has vast clean energy resources, but as yet has had little success in harnessing enough energy to satisfy even its own modest domestic needs. Powering the Top of the World examines the transition of the country’s energy system and explores the challenges that this developing nation is facing in the current global geopolitical environment. With 1.2 billion people around the world having no access to electricity, and many more with an unreliable supply, Nepal’s challenges are echoed throughout the world. Through interviews with those in charge as well as the people whose daily lives are impacted, this film asks the question: what is Nepal’s energy future?
Tea and coffee will be available before the showing, from 18:00. The film will begin at 18:30 followed by a Q & A and drinks reception.
Resources of Resistance: Production, Consumption, Transformation
The Biennial Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) Postgraduate Conference
24-25 July 2014, University of York, UK
CFP deadline: 1 March 2014
Keynote Speakers: Dr Anthony Carrigan (University of Leeds), Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD), and Prof. Jennifer Wenzel (University of Michigan)
Prize to be awarded for best PG conference paper
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the mobilisation and (mis)management of resources have been critical features of capitalism’s latest regenerative efforts and narratives of ‘recovery’. Neoliberal
regimes throughout the developed/developing world increasingly promote an intensification of capitalist mechanisms of extraction, exploitation and enclosure in order to transform resources once held in common into opportunities for profit-creation. Yet it is this deep-rooted entanglement with capitalism’s cycles of accumulation, expansion, and crisis, and its uneven distributions of power and wealth, that equally ensure resources remain highly-sensitive pressure points of contestation and resistance.
Following Wallerstein (1974; 2004), Braudel (1979; 1995), Arrighi (1994), and others, recent interventions
have begun to take up world-systems analysis in order to position the politics and resources of postcolonial resistance within a longer trajectory of capitalism’s cyclical patterns of growth and decline. This world-historical perspective enables an understanding of the role of resource acquisition and containment as integral features of imperial capital, and its methods of safeguarding power, but also as potential nodes of resistance to the structural hegemonies, inequities and instabilities of
the capitalist world-system.
In his readings of capitalism as ‘world-ecology’ Jason Moore has repeatedly underscored the need to develop more integrated and systemic mechanisms for analysing capitalism’s systemic contradictions and consequences. Notably, he has drawn attention to the foundational role of the ‘Four Cheaps’ – land, labour, food, and energy – in relation to the unsustainable growth and inevitable crisis of the latest, specifically neoliberal, incarnation of the mode of production (Moore, 2012). Across postcolonial ecocriticism a raft of recent publications have similarly called attention to the international patterns of extraction, erosion and exhaustion that typify capitalism’s treatment of the planet and its inhabitants. Additionally, postcolonial and world-literary scholars, such as Elizabeth Deloughrey, Rob Nixon, Lawrence Buell, Anthony Carrigan, Sharae Deckard and others, have interrogated the deployment of a fast-slow dialectic of violence, identifying the protracted aftershocks of resource-based crises and the everyday experiences of disaster endured by the global poor that also, on occasion, form the basis for local resistance.
Developments in Cultural Geography, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and ecocriticism have further problematised the ways in which we identify a ‘natural resource’. As the categories of ‘nature’ and the ‘natural’ have become ever more unsettled (Morton 2007, Mortimer-Sandilands and Erickson 2010), resources have in turn become as hard to pin down epistemologically as they increasingly are to extract. The concepts of ‘scarcity’ and ‘abundance’ have come into question, as scholars including Alatout (2008) and Kaika (2006) have interrogated the ways in which resources are discursively constructed. Meanwhile, advocates of more-than-human philosophies have reasserted the potentially troubling capacity of ‘things’ to act in the world (Bennett 2010), indicating another way in which resources might not only be the trigger for human acts of political resistance, but could possess their own forms of resistant materiality.
‘Resources of Resistance: Production, Consumption, Transformation’ is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference at the University of York on 24-25 July 2014. It seeks to address urgent questions surrounding the concept and roles of resources within the postcolonial world and capitalist world-system by drawing new, vital and provocative connections across a range of disciplines.
We welcome contributions from postgraduate researchers and early career scholars – as well as creative writers, artists and photographers – workingin or across various disciplines and academic fields, including but not restricted to: Animal Studies, Anthropology, Biotechnology, Cultural Studies, Film and Television, Food Studies, Ecology/Environment Studies, Geography, History, History of Art, International Relations/Development, Literature, Politics, Science and Technology Studies, and Sociology.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biography (200 words max.) to email@example.com by 1 March 2014.
Topics for papers, panels, presentations and workshops may be based on, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Sustainability and crisis: scarcity, depletion, exhaustion and rehabilitation; recycling and waste; food and hydropolitics; biofuels and biotechnologies; eco-disaster and resource-based conflict.
- Literary and cultural representations and responses: literatures of resistance; popular, indigenous and international activisms; trade union and labour movements; contestations of ownership, access and use; forms of collectivity, belonging, and identity politics; urban and rural spaces and livelihoods.
- Production, distribution and consumption in a globalised world: changing agricultural practices; local/global networks; ‘free trade’; financialisation and world markets; corporate and state capital; consumer activism and green politics.
- Theoretical approaches and methodological debates: postcolonial studies and ecocriticism; world-systems, world-ecology, world-literary analyses; critical animal and food studies; cultural geography; political neo-Marxism; new materialism.
Organised by Hannah Boast, Rebekah Cumpsty, Nicola Robinson and Lucy Potter of the University of York
Senior Research Fellow in Innovation and Energy Demand
SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research
School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex
Full time, Fixed Term for four years (with the possibility of an extension)
Salary range: starting at £46,400 and rising to £53,765 per annum
Expected start date: May 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter
Applications are invited for a Senior Research Fellow to join a new £3.7 million Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), led by the Sussex Energy Group (SEG). This full time position is for a period four years, with a possible extension thereafter. The Sussex Energy Group at SPRU is one of the UK’s largest independent energy policy research groups and is a partner in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the UK Energy Research Centre.
The Centre began work in June 2013 and involves an interdisciplinary team of social scientists from the Sussex Energy Group, the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester and the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford. The Centre is developing a socio-technical understanding of how ‘low-energy innovations’ emerge, how they diffuse and what impacts they have. These themes are studied through a number of projects from a range of disciplinary angles (e.g. innovation studies, socio-technical transitions, economics) and are linked to wide-ranging stakeholder engagement activities. Topics for the first round of projects include low carbon urban transport, the energy implications of 3D printing, successes and failures in low energy innovation, the diffusion of energy service contracting, achieving low energy non-domestic buildings and rebound effects in UK road transport.
SEG wishes to appoint a highly motivated individual with suitable academic experience to contribute to this wide-ranging research programme. Applications are invited from established researchers with a strong track record in a relevant discipline and expertise in energy and climate policy. The successful candidate will be expected to help shape the Centre’s research programme, design and lead research projects, conduct empirical research, participate in funding bids, engage with stakeholders and contribute to the broader work of the Sussex Energy Group.
RSA Research Network
Governing the Sustainability Transition
– Defining Challenges and Opportunities for the Regional Scale –
CALL FOR PAPERS
How to govern fundamental Sustainability Transition processes?
10-11 July 2014
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
In order to achieve sustainable development, large socio-technical systems must be remodelled, implying fundamental transformation processes for technologies, industries and lifestyles. Although the relatively young research fields of Sustainability Transitions and Transition Management have already produced a substantial body of literature (e.g. Geels 2005; Meadowcroft 2009; Grin, Rotmans and Schot 2010; Frantzeskaki, Loorbach and Meadowcroft 2012), the spatial aspects of this transition have so far been little investigated by researchers (e.g. Bulkeley et al. 2010, Späth and Rohracher 2010; Hodson and Marvin 2012; Truffer and Coenen 2012). Given the scale advantage of a regional-based analysis – whereby sufficient detail is combined with a broader strategic perspective – the Regional Studies Association Research Network seeks to explore questions and challenges around the governance of the postulated Transition from a regional perspective.
The focus of this second workshop is how to govern the sustainability transition. While such transition will impact diverse scales from the very local to the global scale, the focus here is on the regional scale. The main challenge is to determine how best to govern and steer these inter-scalar efforts and the impact chains that feed up and down the scalar hierarchy. The governing or political steering of fundamental transition processes poses various challenges: the formation and regulation of complex societal processes, the development of a ‘transformative literacy’ (Schneidewind 2013) as well as the creation of diverse instruments such as:
• Discursive Instruments, for example to shape normative discourses and to facilitate interplay between different actors with their own specific and inherent ‘logic’;
• Analytical instruments, for example to enable forecasting, risk assessment and impact analysis;
• Instruments for intervention in order to influence the behaviour of all actors concerned.
There are a number of very different approaches to sustainability transition such as (informal) learning, transdisciplinarity or system dynamics modelling. One question which must be answered is how the globally-endorsed normative concept of sustainability can help guide political and societal efforts to develop resilience against the unwanted impacts of transformation processes such globalisation, urbanisation, climate and demographic change. It is against this background that the conference focuses on the issues of governance and steering.
At the second workshop we intend to explore this topic by inviting empirical, methodological and conceptual papers as well as posters which address one or more of the following questions, in particular with a regional backdrop:
• How is sustainability defined and how is the sustainability transition currently governed or managed?
Who defines sustainability? How is sustainability operationalized? How do we move from sustainability as a value, undermined by interpretative vagueness, to a set of concrete goals and targets to be achieved? Who defines the transition agenda? Which are the dominant political forces? Who is responsible for the prevailing normative discourse on sustainability and how can this discourse be redesigned? How can the normative background of science be taken into account? How can we identify the drivers of spontaneous change as well as the factors of resistance to necessary change? What is the best way to deal with diverse planning cultures in different countries and regulatory contexts? How do we know that the outcome of a proposed strategy / programme / measure actually promotes sustainability?
• What are the limits and challenges of current governance and management practices?
As institutional responsibilities often do not fit the problem space, which processes of rescaling are needed? How can we deal with discrepancies such as political versus bureaucratic approaches (i.e. the short term vs. the long term) or centralised versus decentralised solutions (i.e. different mode of intervention)? How do we anticipate possible trajectories of future development? How can transdisciplinary approaches be utilised (i.e. challenge-led approaches)?
• And how can we better manage the interplay between government and governance processes?
Who should govern for whom? What is the role of different players such as economic actors, NGOs, scientific actors, civil society etc.? As governance takes place in the ‘shadow of hierarchy’, which kind of hierarchical steering is needed to enable and complement governance processes? Could education, participation or informal collective learning help?
Of course, we also invite any other papers that address the topic of sustainability transition from a local and regional perspective.
A particular aim of the workshop series is to further develop the conceptual and analytical groundwork for the investigation of prospective regional development processes. To this end, one element of the workshop are open debates on these basic challenges with respect to the overall goal of sustainable development. The RSA Research Network intends to depart from the traditional conference design whereby presentations are accompanied by a few questions or comments. Instead the aim is to set up an interactive framework of intensive scientific discourse within a workshop atmosphere. The conference seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and therefore explicitly encourages the participation of practitioners.
We hope that this topic has a broad appeal and look forward to proposals of interesting papers that will foster lively and enjoyable workshop discussions. Please note the following timeline.
15th April – Researchers and practitioners who would like to present their relevant research and experiences at the conference should send an extended abstract of around 500-800 words to the e-mail addresses shown below no later than 15th April 2014. At the conference there will be full paper sessions chaired by a discussant as well as poster presentations and accompanying discussions.
5th May – By this date contributors will be informed whether their paper / poster has been accepted.
15th June – Deadline for notified presenters to register for the conference. This also applies to those who would like to participate without presenting a paper or exhibiting a poster.
10-11th July – Conference dates
Location and Organization
The workshop is hosted by the University of St. Gallen. There is no participation or registration fee, but registration is required for participation. For further information, expression of interest and submission of abstracts, please contact both
• Manfred Walser, Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance IMP-HSG, University of St. Gallen (CH); local organiser, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr. Gerd Lintz, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Germany; network management, E-Mail: G.Lintz@ioer.de
Further information on the RSA Research Network may also be found under http://www.regionalstudies.org/research.