New book on the Coal Rush

Hot of the press with Cambridge University Press: 

Climate change makes fossil fuels unburnable, yet global coal production has almost doubled over the last 20 years. This book explores how the world can stop mining coal – the most prolific source of greenhouse gas emissions. It documents efforts at halting coal production, focusing specifically on how campaigners are trying to stop coal mining in India, Germany, and Australia. Through in-depth comparative ethnography, it shows how local people are fighting to save their homes, livelihoods, and environments, creating new constituencies and alliances for the transition from fossil fuels. The book relates these struggles to conflicts between global climate policy and the national coal-industrial complex. With coal’s meaning transformed from an important asset to a threat, and the coal industry declining, it charts reasons for continuing coal dependence, and how this can be overcome. It will provide a source of inspiration for energy transition for researchers in environment, sustainability, and politics, as well as policymakers.

Post-petro imaginaries online event December 3, 2020 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM EST

The 1014 project space has been transformed into a hyper-reality testing environment. It is populated with experiential futures prototypes that investigate our relationships in a spectrum of post-oil scenarios. Through narrative techniques and design futures methods a design studio at CUNY Citytech led by participatory futures practitioner Chris Woebken and cultural researcher Alexander Klose has developed a series of bespoke design interventions and immersive installations throughout our Upper East Side townhouse project space.Join this virtual roundtable with experts Heather Davis (Eugene Lang College, The New School), Elizabeth Henaff (NYU IDM), Timothy Furstnau (Museum Of Capitalism) and Karen Pinkus (Cornell University, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Ithaca), delve into these precarious scenarios, discuss and respond to new values, myths, and cultural imaginations that might emerge while being shaped by the afterlives of petro-modernity.This project is produced in collaboration between Alexander Klose, cultural researcher, Office for Precarious Concepts and Undisciplinary Research, Berlin, Germany and member of the research collective Beauty of Oil, Berlin/Vienna, and Chris Woebken, artist and participatory futures practitioner and co-founder of the Extrapolation Factory, Adjunct Assistant Prof. at CUNY City Tech and 2020 Faculty Fellow at the New School’s Urban Systems Lab, New York City, USA.Special thanks to the Urban Systems Lab at The New School for their support in developing research for the project.

To join:

New PhD funding opportunity in the UK for research into geological disposal

Funding sufficient for a 4 year UK – and 3+ for o/seas. The Ph.D. can be held at any UK University.  Applications have to be in by 16th December. We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that there is the possibility for genuinely interesting work – for ethnography and for critical engagement with the sector – please encourage any excellent masters or third year students that might connect to any of the themes mentioned  below – which can easily be linked to interests in climate change, materiality, environmental justice, etc. The call is open to all social science disciplines – broadly conceived.   Please spread the word!

  • comparative methods to evaluate social well-being
  • citizen science and deliberative democracy
  • comparative social research on large-scale infrastructure projects
  • value modelling and its application
  • intergenerational ethics
  • institutional learning

CFP: Digitisation and low-carbon energy transitions, Energy Anthropology Network workshop, 23-24 August 2021

As the world faces the challenge to transition to low-carbon energy futures, digitisation becomes a key issue: decarbonising energy requires the digital process control of energy production, transmission and end use. Diversified electrification across sectors requires real-time digital coordination of distributed energy production, with increasing numbers and types of power plants and enhanced spatial-temporal complexity. To manage energy demand and raise energy efficiency, digital devices can help recursively modulate energy and societal rhythms to facilitate rapid decarbonisation of complex, intertwined systems. At the same time, a low-carbon energy transition that requires electrification and digitisation is accompanied by the risk of significant increases in energy demand, perhaps only partly compensated through energy efficiency gains.

Might the digitisation of renewable energy backfire on envisioned energy transitions? Who digitises energy infrastructure, and what drives decision-making? How does this impact the justice effects of low-carbon energy transitions? In what ways does digitisation intertwine with changes in the lived experience of human interactions with evolving energy systems? What do we gain and lose as we move from fossil fuel dominated infrastructures to hybrid digitised ones, from coal mining to data mining?

This workshop problematizes the emergent inter-linkages of digitisation and energy. We invite engaged energy anthropologists and other interdisciplinary counterparts from geography, science and technology studies and political ecology into a critically constructive forum to discuss digitisation in low-carbon energy transitions.

Please submit a 300-500 word abstract to Katja Müller ( and Siddharth Sareen ( by 15 December 2020. Include your institutional affiliation and whether you would like to participate remotely or in person – both options will be possible. The Energy Anthropology Network is pleased to hold this workshop at the University of Stavanger during 23-24 August 2021, before the Petrocultures 2021 conference scheduled for 25-27 August 2021 at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum.

Keynote speakers:

23rd August: Digital Energy Futures – Sarah Pink and Yolande Strengers, Monash University

24th August: Mobility justice and transitions to urban electric vehicles – Thomas Birtchnell, Theresa Harada and Gordon Waitt, University of Wollongong

Local Cognitive and Affective Responses to Wind Power Projects

We like to bring to your attention a new open access article just published in Energy Research & Social Science out of the Center for Research in Wind (CReW) at the University of Delaware.
Russell, A., and Firestone, J. 2021. What’s love got to do with it? Understanding Local Cognitive and Affective Responses to Wind Power Projects, Energy Research & Social Science, 71, 101833, (open access)
In our article titled What’s love got to do with it? Understanding Local Cognitive and Affective Responses to Wind Power Projects , we revisit the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s National Survey of Wind Project Neighbors. We utilize a dual-process model of community attitude formation based on both the rational cognitive and emotional affective branches of perception.
Our findings provide insight into the different emotional and cognitive predictors of attitudes in wind project neighbors as well as how emotions including anger and pride appear to dominate. We’ve also paid particular attention to the differences between those neighbors who live near wind projects that were built either before or after they themselves moved in.
Please find the article using the following link:
Science direct link is

Engaging in Energy Poverty in Early Career (EPEC): CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The FPRN is delighted to announce that the first round of our small grants programme opens TODAY! The Engaging with Energy Poverty in Early Career (EPEC) project aims to support Early Career Researchers and Practitioners (within the first 10 years of their career) and post graduate students with an interest in fuel and energy poverty to undertake original research or secondary analysis to advance the field and to bring forward publications (through buying time to complete analysis and write). As you will see from the call guidance, we encourage applications which promote links between academics and practitioners working in the field.  You don’t have to work squarely in fuel or energy poverty to apply but your proposal must relate to the field. We are able to award around 20 grants of up to £2,500 over two rounds- the next will be launched at the same time next year. All of the information you need  to apply can be found on our website at:, including suggested topics for applications. Any enquiries should be directed to our Executive Officer for EPEC, Dr. Naomi Brown ( The closing date for applications is 15th January 2021.  The call is open to fuel poverty researchers and practitioners anywhere in the world. We very much look forward to receiving your applications!

Energy ethics event, 9-13 November 2020

How can our use of energy help us create a better future for all? 

Please join Energy Ethics 2020, a virtual event taking place 9-13 November via Zoom. This event will bring together scholars, industry representatives, and members of the ERC-funded Energy Ethics team through online sessions scheduled throughout the week. 

This is what you can look forward to: 

Monday:                                   Welcome to Energy Ethics and Meet the Team 

Tuesday:                                   Professor Tobias Haller, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern  

Wednesday:                           International Energy Industry Panel 

Thursday:                                 Professor Hirokazu Miyazaki, Kay Davis Prof of Anthropology, Northwestern University 

Friday:                                       Energy Debate 

For details and to register to attend, please visit:  

New blog for energy ethics research, ENERGY BLOG

The Energy Ethics Research Group at the University of St Andrews is excited to announce the launch of the ENERGY BLOG ( by .  

In this blog, they share anecdotes from their research, insights from the field, and reflections on issues of energy. The blog reflects the multi-disciplinary aim of the Energy Ethics Research Group to consider the sensibilities, events, processes and materials central to issues of energy.  

If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please do get in touch!  You can reach them at: Other details on their website:  

New interdisciplinary publications on energy use and energy demand

For five years, the research councils in the UK ran in an innovative research program focused on energy use and energy demand. This program supported six interdisciplinary centres

They set themselves the arduous task of trying to synthesize across projects, case studies and data some high-level, crosscutting findings. The below publications came out of this effort:

  • Sovacool, BK, B Turnheim, M Martiskainen, D Brown and Paula Kivimaa.  “Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era,” Energy Research & Social Science 66 (August, 2020), 101490, pp. 1-17, available fully open access at
  • Sovacool, BK, N Bergman, D Hopkins, KEH Jenkins, S Hielscher, A Goldthau, and B Brossmann.  “Imagining our sustainable energy future: Valence, temporality, and radicalism in the visions surrounding seven low-carbon innovations,” Social Studies of Science 50(4) (Winter, 2020), pp. 642–679, available fully open access at

Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogues, September 2020 -February 2021

Please join the “ETROD – Energy and Transition Research Online Dialogues”. The dialogues take place every second Monday from September 2020 to February 2021 4-6pm CEST, and will involve (and are based on readings of) Jamie Cross, Gisa Weszkalnys, Jaume Franquesa, Christina Schwenkel, Per Högselius, and Dominic Boyer. Please find the programme at

EASA 2020 EAN network meeting, July 20th, 2020

Please join our network meeting at the EASA virtual conference. The EAN Network meeting is scheduled for Monday July 20th, from 09:00-11:00 WEST/ Lisbon summer time (GMT+1). The meeting will take place on the Shindig platform, and will be accessible to all who have the link, i.e. you don’t have to be registered for the conference in order to participate.

During the meeting we need to discuss:

1)     Network convenor: As we, Simone and Nathalie, are both resigning, we need to find new network convenor. Being a co-convenor is both rewarding and full of potential. Quite flexible and adaptable in scope and content, the tasks include, in its broadest understanding, the coordination of EAN-related events and activities, be it online and offline.

 We are also seeking nominations for  a secretary/social media coordinator, responsible for managing EAN’s social media network.

 If you have any questions about the role, you are welcome to contact the convenors. If you have any further suggestions for additional posts or would like to nominate someone, please contact us or post a discussion to the list. 

2)     The decision regarding our next EAN Workshop 2021 (where, when, and on which topic?) To have an idea of what a Workshop can be like, you can look at the previous one we convened in Lyon <> on “Energy and technologies futures”. We encourage you to start making suggestions for our next Workshop, in terms of where, when, and on which topic it could be.

To join:

Energy Anthropology Network (EAN) (
Conference instructions to join the meeting are as follows: 
Anyone interested can use the link to RSVP. They enter their name, email, institution and an hour before the meeting they’ll receive an automated email reminding them to login.  From 59 minutes before the meeting begins, that same URL changes from being an RSVP to direct entry into the meeting.

Publication on cooking patterns and energy transfer programmes in Peru

Sharing with you a new qualitative research exploring cooking patterns, attitudes towards energy transfer programmes and factors influencing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) use in the rural Andean Peru recently published in the journal Energy for Sustainable Development. The study findings underline the importance of taking into account beneficiaries’ perspectives when assessing LPG interventions to facilitate sustained LPG transitions and improve monitoring mechanism of LPG interventions to make them more effective and accessible. Hence, the study can especially be interesting for those researchers focused on the relations between sustainable clean energy transitions, cooking technology use and energy policy development in low- and middle-income countries.

Available for free at 

Postdoc opportunity at Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University (starting August 2020).

A project funded by the National Science Foundation is hiring a 12-month postdoctoral researcher, to be affiliated with the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University (MTU). The project is a collaboration between MTU and Rutgers University. Work can be done remotely. 

The position will require skills and experience in social science survey data analysis, with additional desired experience in environmental life cycle assessment. The ideal candidate for this position has a strong quantitative social science background, experience managing complex datasets, and training in interdisciplinary environmental team science research. The ability to manage large data sets and use statistical methods to examine changes over time is essential.

The project involves examining food, energy, and water consumption data from households, particularly how the dynamics of consumption have shifted in the COVID-19 context, as well as understanding how that consumption relates to measurements of perceived risk, institutional trust, changing household dynamics, and changes in perceived well being. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to lead data analysis and will have the opportunity to produce multiple first-authored publications with the support of a collaborative team of research scientists across multiple disciplines.

We recognize that many people will not be in a position to relocate, particularly in fall 2020. The work location is flexible, although it is preferred that the candidate be willing to travel and/or temporarily relocate to Houghton, MI or New Brunswick, NJ for part of the appointment duration, as conditions allow.

Salary: $50,000, with University benefits and travel funding support.

To apply, please submit the following applications materials: cover letter, CV, research statement (1 page), names of three academic/professional references. Application materials and any questions about this position can be submitted via email to Professor David Watkins, project PI,

Application review will begin on June 15th with an expected August start date.

PhD and Postdoc positions at Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, Bergen. Deadline June 5 2020.

The Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation is looking for a PhD researcher and a postdoctoral researcher. The application deadline for two recruitment positions connected to the Research Council of Norway project: Freight logistics in sustainable cities (CITYFREIGHT) is extended to Friday June 5th.      

PhD position at Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation       

 PostDoc position at Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation

“Freight Logistics in Sustainable Cities” (CITYFREIGHT), which is led by NHH Norwegian School of Economics and where CET is a partner. The goal of the project is to provide public authorities with a toolbox for realistically evaluating major decisions that would make freight transportation in a city more energy efficient and sustainable. Most Norwegian cities are small and topologically complicated. Freight deliveries in city centres will, unless regulated, increase because of urban population growth and increased internet trade. In particular, there will be a large increase in the number of deliveries. Consequences may be enhanced energy consumption, increased space usage, noise, pollution and climate gas emissions.