Davidson College TT position: Assistant Professor in Environmental Change and Society

The Environmental Studies department at Davidson College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Change and Society, beginning July 1, 2020. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework, taught courses, and conducted research that connect social science theories and methods to multiple global environmental challenges, such as air pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change, environmental justice, food and water insecurity, natural resource extraction, or urbanization. Relevant expertise in areas such as human values, markets, migration, public health, social learning, and sustainable development within the context of environmental change is particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a social science discipline or interdisciplinary program by June 2020, a commitment to excellent teaching to a diverse undergraduate population, and a desire to mentor undergraduate research projects. We are particularly interested in candidates who can deepen our students’ interdisciplinary understanding of the anthropogenic causes of environmental change at the local and the global scale, the effects of these changes on human communities, and how communities and individuals are responding to these changes. We are also seeking candidates who are committed to teaching and research that includes possible solutions to global environmental challenges. The potential to contribute to other programs (including Africana Studies, Anthropology, Data Science, Digital Studies, East Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Health and Human Values, Latin American Studies, Sociology, and South Asian Studies) will be viewed favorably, as will the candidate’s interest in and willingness to contribute to the first-year Writing Program or the requirement in Justice, Equality, and Community. Ideal candidates will also incorporate research methods that cover both quantitative and qualitative techniques in their courses. 

Apply online only at http://employment.davidson.edu. To ensure a full review of application materials, applications must be completed by October 1. Requested applications include a detailed cover letter with discrete sections describing: 1) teaching philosophy, 2) research interests, and 3) how teaching, research, and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, a CV, and three letters of reference. Answers to additional questions can be found athttps://www.davidson.edu/news/2019/07/30/tenure-track-position-environmental-studies.

Energy Policy Research Conference. Energy decision-making in times of disruptive change.

September 29th – October 1st, 2019 – Boise, IdahoHosted by the Energy Policy Institute

Here you can check out the preliminary program for the 9th Annual Energy Policy Research Conference. 
This year they will be joined by special speakers, Carol Battershell (formerly of the U.S. Department of Energy) and Congressman Mike Simpson. Activities will include a geothermal tour of Boise, a workshop on energy workforce development, and a wide range of presentations as well as moderated discussions on various aspects of energy policy. 

They encourage you to register or talk with them about partnering as a sponsor or exhibitor. To find additional information, please visit their website:https://www.boisestate.edu/epi/eprc9/.
For questions, please feel free to contact Luke Henken atlucashenken@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2326.

Energy and Environmental Justice: A Multidisciplinary Workshop @ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 21-22 October 2019

Invitation for papers that explore the justice implications of energy systems, energy infrastructures and energy cultures/practices. The workshop will gather contributions studying inequalities in how energy is produced, distributed and consumed around the world. We are particularly interested in work that engages with environmental justice (EJ) scholarship and activism; resistance and social movements; ethnographic methods; and critical EJ perspectives. A core goal is to develop new strategies for identifying and counteracting energy- and climate-related injustices.
The expansion and modification of energy systems are inextricably linked to justice concerns and climate change. Much ‘energy justice’ literature, however, glosses over its relation with EJ research and practice. As such, critical insights are missed for studying energy issues in relation to systemic marginalisation, the uneven socioecological impacts of different modes of production, and disparities in the recognition of diverse voices and livelihoods. Re-centering EJ scholarship and activism within multidisciplinary energy research, this workshop is an opportunity to collaboratively develop critical approaches to energy and environmental justice. We encourage submissions that explore decolonial, emancipatory, or transformative approaches to energy and justice; political ontology and pluriverse thinking; transition design and praxis; and diverse community responses to imposed social and environmental change. Recognising the importance of direct action, particularly around sites of resource extraction and extractivism, we also invite work on collective action strategies and issues of autonomy, intersectionality, and responsibility.
The workshop will host 15 participants across 5 panel sessions, public lectures from two keynote speakers, and a closing plenary to discuss future research strategies and collaborations. The goal is to publish an edited volume with a leading press featuring a selection of workshop contributions. Extended abstracts will be pre-circulated to participants three weeks before the workshop.
Interested participants should send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) with contact details to event conveners, Tristan Partridge (Tristan.Partridge@uab.cat) and Sofía Avila (acalerosofia@gmail.com) by 1 July 2019. Participants will be notified of acceptance by 9 July 2019. There may be limited funding available to support travel and accommodation costs for some participants; please let us know if you would like to apply for this support. We also hope to support participation via videoconference for those unable or unwilling to fly.

Reporting from conference on energy justice at UC Santa Barbara podcast on energy justice

Enjoy this Cultures of Energy Podcast on energy justice


Content: “We give Mexican President AMLO a piece of our minds on this week’s podcast for doubling down on extractivist petronationalism. Then (15:43) Cymene and Dominic report back from the “Recentering Energy Justice” symposium at UC Santa Barbara, which was the culminating event of UCSB’s Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar on “Energy Justice in Global Perspective” (https://energyjustice.global.ucsb.edu/about). We sit down with the project leads, Javiera Barandarian and Mona Damluji, together with their colleagues, Stephan Miescher, David Pellow, Emily Roehl and Janet Walker (https://energyjustice.global.ucsb.edu/people) to process the event and what they learned about energy justice along the way. We talk about the need to look to the Global South and indigenous communities for guidance in pursuing programs of energy justice, and the importance of connecting to Santa Barbara as ancestral Chumash land, as a petrocultural space and as a site of environmental disaster. We move from there to the ethical questions of conceptualizing justice cross time and space and the roles that scholar-activism and pedagogy can play in fostering meaningful collaborations concerning energy and environmental justice issues that can move toward true consent relations. We close on what they would do if the Mellon Foundation were (wink, wink) to magically re-up their funds for another year. “

CFP: NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference (deadline extended May 1, 2019)

This is a reminder about abstracts for NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference, which will be held October 14-16, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Abstracts for papers and posters are due 1 May.  

This conference joins the symposium of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech). This combined event is inspired by and envisioned as North America’s counterpart to European Academy of Wind Energy’s exciting Science of Making Torque from the Wind and Wind Energy Sciences Conferences. The theme of NAWEA/WindTech 2019 is the Grand Vision of Wind Energy. The focus will be on research topics relevant to the next generation of wind energy technologies which will help facilitate the wind supplying a large fraction of the world’s energy supply.

This conference is being undertaken in association with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and in collaboration with the European Academy of Wind Energy

A number of side events and a field trip (on October 17) are also planned.

Details, including for the submission of abstracts, may be found at www.naweawindech2019.org

Postdoctoral Research Associate position at UW-Madison (deadline June 3, 2019)

Position: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Department: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Deadline: June 3, 2019

Requirements: Completed Ph.D. in Human Geography, Environmental Studies, or a related social science field, on community (preferably Indigenous-led) engagements with oil pipelines.

Job Duties: The Research Associate will draw upon their own prior and/or ongoing research to collaborate with members of the Horowitz Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on comparative analyses of community engagements with oil pipelines, in the aim of publishing peer-reviewed journal articles. The position is for nine to twelve months (negotiable).

Begin Date: 7/1/19 (negotiable)

Percent Time: 100%

Salary: $48,000 annually, minimum (depending on experience), plus benefits.

To Apply: Please send a CV, two sample publications, and two reference letters (sent directly) from your Ph.D. supervisor and/or people with whom you have collaborated on publications, to LHorowitz@wisc.edu.

PhD position Energy-SHIFTS programme (deadline 24 April)

Energy-SHIFTS is a new 2-year Horizon 2020 project, working to feed Social Science & Humanities (SSH) insights into EU energy policy, in particular the SET-Plan and Energy Union programmes. The project began on 1 April and will run for 2 years.
As part of Energy-SHIFTS, we are running a programme for SSH PhD students to be involved in key activities. This is our first call out as part of that programmme, with a set of opportunities to attend and support three workshops in the second half of June 2019 (in Brussels and Prague). Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be covered. Further details and the application process are set out below.
The workshops:
1) ‘The role of evidence in energy research & innovation policy’, led by ARU and co-hosted by the European University Association, 18 June in Brussels. This workshop will explore questions such as: How is SSH currently used in (energy) policymaking? What type(s) of evidence are regarded as ‘credible’, ‘robust’, etc.? What recommendations should we give to energy researchers, energy policyworkers, and indeed the EC to help drive this agenda forward?
2) ‘Social justice and just transition in fossil-fuel intensive regions’, led by E3G with the collaboration of Jagiellonian University and co-hosted by Bankwatch, second half of June in Prague. The workshop will bring together policyworkers, civil society and academics to discuss and tease out key issues to achieve and ensure social justice in processes of transition to carbon neutral economies. We are keen to encourage candidates from Central and Eastern European countries for this workshop.
3) ‘Creating inclusive engagement in low carbon transport solutions’, led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in collaboration with Jagiellonian University on 25 June in Brussels. During the workshop, policyworkers, civil society representatives and academics will discuss issues related to inclusive and gender balanced research and innovation of low carbon transport solutions.
What’s involved?: One or two PhD students working in the energy-related Social Sciences & Humanities will be selected to support each workshop. They will attend, undertake video interviews with attendees, support social media, and write up a blogpost afterwards (therefore do highlight any experience in these areas in applications). There may be scope to feed into the workshop report which will make recommendations for both policy and the wider Energy-SHIFTS project. You would be part of the official Energy-SHIFTS PhD programme involving e.g. virtual meetings across the network, invitations to other events, and links into the project.
Application process: These opportunities are open to those undertaking a Social Science/Humanities PhD at a European institution, and who started their PhD within the last 4 years. Please send your CV, together with a cover letter (where you outline which workshop you would like to support, and your motivations/relevant experience to do so), and an estimated travel budget to/from the workshop, to rosie.robison@anglia.ac.uk and chris.foulds@anglia.ac.uk. Deadline for applications is 1700 UK time, Wed 24 April 2019. 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography (Energy Geography)

Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography to begin September 1, 2019.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

The Department of Geography at Gustavus Adolphus College is a community nurturing knowledge, skills, and values to guide us in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Through innovative teaching and scholarship, we cultivate in our students a critical awareness of human-environment relationships, an understanding of the varied dimensions of global change, and respect for the world’s diversity of places and people. We are committed to applying geographic knowledge to build an economically, socially, and environmentally just world.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be six or seven courses, one of which may be a one-month January Term experiential course determined by the candidate and appropriate to the candidate’s expertise. Primary teaching responsibilities will include Energy Geography, Human Geography, and contributions to general education.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application.

Energy Policy Research Conference 2019


Energy Decision-Making in Times of Disruptive Change
September 29th – October 1st, 2019 – Boise, Idaho
Hosted by the Energy Policy Institute

For more information:

EPRC 2019

Share your photos with us!

Two cars are a blurr beneath Wind turbines and the Spanish roadside bull or Toro de Osborne in Spain.

We are looking for people willing to share photos about energy on this website (from their research or their daily life). Photos can be of extraction, electricity generation, natural resources, uses/users of energy, or the socio-cultural impacts of energy production/consumption, etc. You are welcome to also share a short description of the photo.  Photos will be published with your name and used for this website only. Email emoolenaar@mines.edu your photos or any questions you may have. 

(photo: stock photo)

New book from MIT Press: Energy at the End of the World: an Orkney Islands Saga.

Energy at the End of the Worldauthor: Laura Watts

Making local energy futures, from marine energy to hydrogen fuel, at the edge of the world.

The islands of Orkney, off the northern coast of Scotland, are closer to the Arctic Circle than to London. Surrounded by fierce seas and shrouded by clouds and mist, the islands seem to mark the edge of the known world. And yet they are a center for energy technology innovation, from marine energy to hydrogen fuel networks, attracting the interest of venture capitalists and local communities. In this book, Laura Watts tells a story of making energy futures at the edge of the world.

Orkney, Watts tells us, has been making technology for six thousand years, from arrowheads and stone circles to wave and tide energy prototypes. Artifacts and traces of all the ages—Stone, Bronze, Iron, Viking, Silicon—are visible everywhere. The islanders turned to energy innovation when forced to contend with an energy infrastructure they had outgrown. Today, Orkney is home to the European Marine Energy Centre, established in 2003. There are about forty open-sea marine energy test facilities in the world, many of which draw on Orkney expertise. The islands generate more renewable energy than they use, are growing hydrogen fuel and electric car networks, and have hundreds of locally owned micro wind turbines and a decade-old smart grid. Mixing storytelling and ethnography, empiricism and lyricism, Watts tells an Orkney energy saga—an account of how the islands are creating their own low-carbon future in the face of the seemingly impossible. The Orkney Islands, Watts shows, are playing a long game, making energy futures for another six thousand years.


CFP: STS Underground panels at the 2019 4S Conference, Sept 4-7 in New Orleans.

Panel description:
The panel aims to bring together international scholars whose work addresses technologies, practices, and forms of knowledge related to the mining of minerals, groundwater and fossil fuels. Recent technological developments such as high-volume hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas from shale, solar technologies that require rare earth metals, and even the pursuit of minerals found in asteroids have all been of interest to STS scholars, but have not typically been treated as an identifiable domain of research. This panel will seek to highlight the theoretical and topical commonalities as well as disagreements and debates that make the study of the underground a vibrant, emerging subfield of STS. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts on a wide range of topics, including: research and development on extractive technologies, environmental health and grassroots activism, extraction and indigenous communities, climate change and the Anthropocene, historical perspectives on extractive industries, labor and workers’ rights, and mining and extraction infrastructures. Given the conference location in New Orleans, we also welcome papers that consider the underground through engagement with the petrochemical industry.

We anticipate having multiple panels, as in years past, and will group papers by theme. We have already been in touch with scholars who would like a specific panel on rare earths, for example.

Paper abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted to the 4S conference platform, which also includes additional logistical information. Please choose to submit your paper to an “open panel” and then select STS Underground #159. Additional questions can be directed to Jessica Smith (jmsmith@mines.edu).


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