New book series: Progressive Energy Policy Pivots – Call for Proposals

Apologies for any cross postings

Palgrave Macmillan are very pleased to announce the launch of a new book series, called ‘Progressive Energy Policy Pivots’ (PEPPs) and the call for proposals.

This new series is progressive in two ways:

  • Firstly, the pivot is a new publishing format that is quite a bit shorter than a book (25,000 to 50,000 words), is quicker to turnaround, and is also REF-able;
  • Secondly, the series seeks to be pivotal in nature by improving our understanding of the role of energy policy within processes of sustainable, secure and equitable energy transformations.

Please find information about the PEPPs (including a list of editors and guidelines about what we are looking for in the series) here and about Palgrave pivots more generally here.

If you are interested in publishing in this series, and feel that your work meets the criteria, please contact Christina Brian at Palgrave (C.Brian@palgrave.com) and/or one of the series editors.

Call for Papers RGS-IBG 2015: Sessions sponsored by the Energy Geographies Working Group

Apologies for cross-posting.

We are delighted to announce the sessions sponsored by the EGWG for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015, University of Exeter, 2-4 September.

Please follow this link to see the calls for papers and further details. EGWG sponsored sessions: call for papers

  • Transnational Energy Investments in the South (Deadline: 12th Feb) Co-sponsored by the Economic Geography Research Group. Session convenors: Jon Phillips (King’s College London) and Marcus Power (University of Durham)
  • Negotiating energy megaprojects within and beyond boundaries: The role of communication, identities and distributive justice (Deadline: 10th Feb) Session Convenors: Itay Fishhendler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Susana Batel (Cis-IUL, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal)
  • Offshore renewable energy and the public: Engagement, perceptions and acceptability (Deadline: 6th Feb) Co-sponsored by the Coastal and Marine Research Group. Session convenors: Emma McKinley (University of Chichester) and Bouke Wiersma (University of Exeter)
  • Challenging expectations: responsibilities, quality of life and demand reduction (Deadline: 6th Feb) Session convenors: Karen Parkhill (York), Karen Bickerstaff (Exeter), Catherine Butler (Exeter)
  • Postgraduate research in Energy Geographies (Deadline: 6th Feb) Session Organisers: Llinos Brown (University of Central Lancashire), Erin Roberts (Cardiff University)
  • Individual and collective imaginaries of energy: storying energy in the past, present and future (Deadline: 30th Jan) Session convenors:
    Mel Rohse (University of Birmingham), Rosie Day (University of Birmingham) and Joe Smith (Open University)
  • Cooperative energy: practising a just low carbon transition? (Deadline: 11th Feb) Convenors: Patrick Devine-Wright (Exeter); Thomas Bauwens (Liege), Gill Wyatt (Exeter Community Energy)
  • Grid networks: understanding the dynamics of public acceptance across European contexts (Deadline: 11th Feb) Convenors: Patrick Devine-Wright (Exeter); Dr. Susana Batel (ICTE, Portugal); Jarry Porsius (Free University, Amsterdam)
  • Exploring vulnerabilities in the Anthropocene: the energy-climate nexus (Deadline: 11th Feb) Session convenors: Sergio Tirado-Herrero, University of Manchester; Saska Petrova, University of Manchester, Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Manchester.

Call for EGWG session proposals: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Exeter 2015 (Extended deadline)

Apologies for cross posting.

The call for sessions and papers for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open and we would like to invite session proposals for next year’s conference.

The conference will take place at the University of Exeter from the 2nd-4th September and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford).  The conference theme is Geographies of the Anthropocene (www.rgs.org/AC2015)

If you would like to have your session sponsored by EGWG, please submit your proposal to Karen Bickerstaff (k.bickerstaff@exeter.ac.uk) and Karen Parkhill (karen.parkhill@york.ac.uk) by Friday 16th January. We will confirm sponsorship promptly and you will then have until Friday 20th February to send out your Call for Papers, choose your presenters and submit your full session proposal to RGS.

Please include in your session proposal the following details:

  • A title
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the session convenors
  • A session abstract (about 200-300 words), and up to five keywords.

Sessions are scheduled into timeslots of 1 hour 40 minutes long. A session may not normally occupy more than two of these timeslots in the conference programme. EGWG has a ‘ration’ of timeslots, which we will bear in mind when selected which proposals to sponsor. Please indicate how many high quality papers you think you will attract – four or five (max) ‘traditional’ papers will fit into a timeslot, or you can consider holding a debate or using a different format.

We welcome joint proposals with other groups. For session proposals which attract many high quality submissions, we will consider allowing two timeslots.

In addition to promotion of sessions and support in submitting session proposals, EGWG are given an allocation of guest passes for non geographers and/or non UK conference participants. Session organisers may suggest names of speakers for whom the EGWG can potentially offer a free conference pass, assuming the criteria for guest passes are met and subject to our allocation of guest passes.

The following links may be useful in proposing your session.

www.rgs.org/ACSessionFormats

www.rgs.org/AC2015OrganiseSession

Call for EGWG session proposals: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Exeter 2015

The call for sessions and papers for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open and we would like to invite session proposals for next year’s conference.

The conference will take place at the University of Exeter from the 2nd-4th September and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford).  The conference theme is Geographies of the Anthropocene (www.rgs.org/AC2015)

If you would like to have your session sponsored by EGWG, please submit your proposal to Karen Bickerstaff (k.bickerstaff@exeter.ac.uk) and Karen Parkhill (karen.parkhill@york.ac.uk) by Monday 5th January. We will confirm sponsorship promptly and you will then have until Friday 20th February to send out your Call for Papers, choose your presenters and submit your full session proposal to RGS.

Please include in your session proposal the following details:

  • A title
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the session convenors
  • A session abstract (about 200-300 words), and up to five keywords.

Sessions are scheduled into timeslots of 1 hour 40 minutes long. A session may not normally occupy more than two of these timeslots in the conference programme. EGWG has a ‘ration’ of timeslots, which we will bear in mind when selected which proposals to sponsor. Please indicate how many high quality papers you think you will attract – four or five (max) ‘traditional’ papers will fit into a timeslot, or you can consider holding a debate or using a different format.

We welcome joint proposals with other groups. For session proposals which attract many high quality submissions, we will consider allowing two timeslots.

In addition to promotion of sessions and support in submitting session proposals, EGWG are given an allocation of guest passes for non geographers and/or non UK conference participants. Session organisers may suggest names of speakers for whom the EGWG can potentially offer a free conference pass, assuming the criteria for guest passes are met and subject to our allocation of guest passes.

The following links may be useful in proposing your session.

www.rgs.org/ACSessionFormats

www.rgs.org/AC2015OrganiseSession

Workshop – Realising the Transition: Addressing the challenges of low carbon energy and development in Africa

February 3rd 2015, The Royal Society, London

The ‘Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in Southern Africa’ team is organising a one day international workshop titled ‘Realising the Transition: Addressing the challenges of low carbon energy and development in Africa’ to be held in London on February 3rd 2015. The workshop will mark the culmination of our ESRC project on The Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in Southern Africa, led by Durham University and the University of Sussex (http://www.dogweb.dur.ac.uk/the-rising-powers/). This one-day workshop will examine how and with what consequences pathways to low carbon development are emerging and being contested in sub-Saharan Africa.  It will also provide a space for fostering dialogue between the research, practice and policy communities concerned with the issues of low carbon energy and development in Africa and offer insights on the new approaches required to realise future transitions.

The detailed programme of the event including speakers and topics can be found here: http://www.dogweb.dur.ac.uk/the-rising-powers/realising-the-transition-workshop/

Please send your RSPV to Ankit Kumar (ankit.kumar@durham.ac.uk) latest by 16th January 2015.

Sincerely

Professor Marcus Power          and       Professor Peter Newell
Department of Geography                     Department of International Relations
Durham University                                 University of Sussex

On behalf of the ‘Rising Powers and Energy Transitions’ team’

UKERC Research Papers on Natural Gas

Two new research papers on natural gas have been published by the UK Energy Research Centre. The first entitled: ‘The UK’s Global Gas Challenge’ reports on the finding of a two year research project led by Mike Bradshaw (Warwick Business School), with input from  Gavin Bridge (University of Durham), Stefan Bouzarvoski (University of Manchester) and Jim Watson (UKERC/University of Sussex). The second paper is entitled ‘A Bridge to a Low Carbon Future? Modelling the Long-Term Global Potential of Natural Gas.’ The project was led by Christophe McGlade and colleagues at UCL with input from Mike Bradshaw. Both papers can be downloaded from the UKERC website: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/

If you are interested in natural gas, you also check out the Gas Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Study, which has an excellent range of working papers: http://www.oxfordenergy.org

Mike Bradshaw

Professor of Global Energy

Warwick Business School

Michael.Bradshaw@wbs.ac.uk

University of Manchester, Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) PhD Studentships

The University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute will be offering up to 5 fully funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates wishing to commence their doctoral studies in September 2015.

The Sustainable Consumption Institute aims to bring insight and clarity to a key part of the sustainability challenge: the role of consumption. It takes original insights from across the Social Sciences and subjects them to critical empirical scrutiny in order to advance fundamental understandings about processes of consumption and innovation, and to consider their implications for transitions towards more sustainable societies.

The studentships will need to be closely aligned with the research agenda and ongoing activities of the SCI, and so applicants are advised to consult the SCI’s website for details of existing and ongoing projects.

Successful candidates will be funded by the SCI, supervised by at least one member of SCI research staff (Boons, Browne, Evans, Geels, McMeekin, Southerton, Warde) and located within a host School. The exact location of the studentship will depend on the applicant’s project, their interests and their supervisor. We anticipate that most candidates will be based in the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Manchester Business School (MBS) or the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED).

Candidates are invited to write a research proposal for a PhD project that complements and/or extends current SCI research projects. Proposals should be c.1500 words long and include a title, the background to the project, the research design and methodology and, a bibliography.  We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who projects address the following topics:

  • Theories of practice and social change, particularly in relation to the study of food consumption
  • The diffusion and appropriation of sustainable innovations
  • The dynamics of societal problems  and responses by large incumbent industries
  • The links between water consumption, infrastructural provision and governance
  • Alternative modes of food provision and delivery (in particular, eating out and workplace catering)
  • Comparative political economies of sustainable transition pathways
  • Comparative research on socio-cultural change and trajectories of consumption (with a particular focus on the Global South)
  • Comprehensive analysis of system innovations in food, energy or transport
  • Time use and the temporal organisation of daily life
  • Contested technologies

Please note that this list is indicative and not exhaustive. Candidates must get in touch with potential supervisors to discuss their ideas in advance of making an application. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr David Evans (david.evans-2@manchester.ac.uk)

Studentship details – The studentships comprise an annual stipend of £14,210, payment of fees up to the level charged for UK/EU students (TBC but currently £3,900) and £1,000 for fieldwork and conference expenses. It might be possible to cover the fees for non-UK/EU candidates, but this will only happen in exceptional circumstances. The studentship will be for direct entry onto the three year (+3) PhD programme.  The programme will commence in September 2015. Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory performance.

Entry Requirements – Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. They must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more, with no mark below 50%) or above in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose Masters degree involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and those who performed at distinction level (70% or higher) or equivalent.

How to apply – Applicants should email david.evans-2@manchester.ac.uk a full CV together with a covering letter and research proposal. Please note that applying for the SCI PhD studentship is separate process to applying for entry to a PhD programme.  Successful candidates will therefore also be required to fulfill the normal admissions procedures for the school in which they will be based.

Further information – see http://www.sci.manchester.ac.uk/home or e-mail david.evans-2@manchester.ac.uk

Deadline – The deadline for applications is 26th January, 2015.