Energy Ethics 2021 conference Energy Transitions and Planetary Futures, University of St. Andrews, October 25-27, 2021

This multidisciplinary 3-day virtual conference is organised by the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews.

In the lead-up to COP26, the conference will reflect carefully and critically on envisioned energy transitions and what they might entail. Bringing together researchers across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, the conference aims to ask: what visions of society and planetary futures are being put forth by energy transitions around the world? What will their implications be? And how will they be realised?

There is an exciting programme of talks, screenings, debates and opportunities for connecting with publishers and funders! Featuring:

  • 60+ papers from researchers across the arts, humanities & sciences, from 32+ universities
  • Keynote Addresses from Dr Dana Powell (Appalachian State University) and Prof Kim Fortun (University of California, Irvine)
  • Film Screenings & Q&As with Directors
  • Roundtable on “Just Transitions” & New Books on Energy Roundtable
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet editors and pressers (including Berghahn, MIT Press, Duke University Press, Stanford University Press, Bloomsbury) and find out more about research centres working on energy in the UK

Registration is FREE and open to all.

Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogue, July 15

Discuss the article Populism, Instability, and Rupture in Sustainability Transformations with us and its author. Access to article:

If you feel like joining the discussion next Thursday, July 15th at 4pm CEST, please read Havard’s text and email for the Zoom link.

Online seminar Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy, February 2, 2021

The Sussex Energy Group is organizing a seminar by Jennie Stephens, Diversifying Power: : Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy, 2/2/21 13:00-14:00 GMT.


The climate crisis is a crisis of leadership. For too long too many leaders have prioritized corporate profits over the public good, exacerbating climate vulnerabilities while reinforcing economic and racial injustice. Transformation to a just, sustainable renewable-based society requires leaders who connect social justice to climate and energy.

During the Trump era, connections among white supremacy, environmental destruction, and fossil fuel dependence have become more conspicuous. Many of the same leadership deficiencies that shaped the inadequate response in the United States to the coronavirus pandemic have also thwarted the US response to the climate crisis. The inadequate and ineffective framing of climate change as a narrow, isolated, discrete problem to be “solved” by technical solutions is failing. The dominance of technocratic, white, male perspectives on climate and energy has inhibited investments in social change and social innovations. With new leadership and diverse voices, we can strengthen climate resilience, reduce racial and economic inequities, and promote social justice.

In Diversifying Power, energy expert Jennie Stephens argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central.  All politics is now climate politics, so all policies, from housing to health, now have to integrate climate resilience and renewable energy.

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Energy futures conference (online), February 22-26, 2021.

The Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions invites participants for its conference entitled “Energy Futures – Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World“. The conference will discuss the future of energy from various social scientific angles, covering questions of energy justice, energy governance, energy education, and also energy research. Please find the detailed conference program on their website. The conference will take place fully online from February 22- 26, 2021. Participation is free of charge. If you are interested, please register here by next Friday, Feb. 5th!

Keynotes by

and inspiring discussion about climate policy in a post-Trump and (post-) pandemic world with

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.

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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

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:  

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.

New webinar series starting June 3 2020! New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers

New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers is a new multi-university interdisciplinary online series featuring graduate, post-doctoral, and other early-career researchers sharing their research, discoveries and perspectives on energy-related topics. From policy to analysis to emerging research, this bi-weekly series will give anyone interested in energy the opportunity to learn from the rising stars in the field. 

On Wednesday, June 3 at 12 p.m. EDT, the series will kick off with Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Chan’s talk, “Cooperative Electric Cooperative Research,”  will cover several recent and ongoing research efforts to engage municipal and cooperative utilities as research participants, stakeholders for research outcomes, and direct collaborators in research projects. Learn more about this talk, how to nominate future speakers and the series and register here. 

Last minute opportunity: free online symposium May 13-14, Social Acceptance and the Energy Transition

MISTRALan EU-funded Innovative Training Network ( has organised a free online symposium to discuss recent research on social acceptance perspectives energy transition, with an emphasis on wind energy. Held over two half-days, a range of world-leading experts and Early Stage Researchers will explore community attitudes to energy projects and the wider governance and institutional arrangements that frame them.

Please join us by registering here: (

Registration will close at 8pm on Monday 11th May

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:
For questions, please feel free to contact Luke Henken or (208) 426-2326.

Energies and technologies futures program

June 20/21st 2019

ISH, Salle Élise Rivet (4th floor)

14 avenue Berthelot, 69007 Lyon, France


9.30 Introduction

10.00 – 12.00 panel one

Sarah Pink – Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University

Energy Futures and Emerging Technologies: A Design Anthropological Approach

Alexander R.E. Taylor – Department of Social Anthropology/University of Cambridge

Future-proof Clouds: Electromagnetic Pulse Protection in the Data Centre Industry

Julia Velkova  – Consumer Society Research Centre/University of Helsinki

Replacing fossil fuels with data: emergent cultures and infrastructural politics around data centres’ thermal waste across Europe

Agnese Cimdina – Faculty of Business, Management and Economics University of Latvia

Is technology the answer to the double bind?

12.00 – 13.00 lunch


13.00 – 15.00 panel two

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs – University of Saint Andrews

Energy demanding expectations: house size, privacy and domestic energy research

Michiel Köhne & Elisabet Rasch – Sociology of Development and Change/Wageningen University        

The future of energy in your rented home – Tenants and the energy transition

Charlotte Johnson – UCL Energy Institute, UCL

Is Demand Side Response a woman’s work? Domestic labour and the UK’s future smart electricity system

15.00 – 18.00 site visit of Lyon Confluences


Day two

09.00 – 11.30 panel three

Chiara Bresciani – The Cairns Institute, James Cook University & School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Under a rising sun? Solar energy, bright prospects and missed futures

Hsin-yi Lu – Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University

Wind Futures: Contested Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Renewable Energy in Taiwan

Martín Fonck – Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

“Explorando el interior de la Cordillera de Los Andes”: an ethnographic approach to the construction of geothermal energy futures in the Chilean Andes Mountains.

Ragnhild Freng Dale –

Between power lines and petroleum: energy futures, art interventions and coloniality in the Norwegian north

11.30 – 11.45 coffee break


11.45 – 13.00 Discussion on publication possibilities and panel proposals for EASA 2020


13.00 – lunch and departure


Attendance is free but please register:


ENERGISE FINAL CONFERENCE – October 15th (Barcelona)

Social and cultural change is a key ingredient in successful energy transitions. Societal norms and routines with regard to work, education, family life, consumption and recreation greatly determine our patterns of energy use as well as our ability and willingness to change those patterns. Without a comprehensive understanding of these practice cultures, efforts to reduce energy use and carbon emissions at the individual or household levels are unlikely to deliver the long-term impacts necessary for a sustainable transformation.

At the final conference of the ENERGISE project, researchers will share new insights into social and cultural influences on energy use across different levels of society. Speakers will draw on almost three-years of cutting edge research that uses a ‘Living Labs’ approach to directly observe existing practice cultures related to energy use in a real-world setting, and to test both household and community-level initiatives to reduce energy use. Participants in the conference will discuss the impact of European energy consumption reduction initiatives, and explore the use of Living Lab approaches for researching and transforming patterns of sustainable consumption. Attention will also be given to new theoretical approaches to evaluate energy initiatives, with a particular focus on social practices and cultures. Lessons and insights for policy will be presented in relation to the advancement of the European Energy Union.

The ENERGISE final conference is open to all interested parties, and will actively encourage positive interaction between actors from society, academia, the policy arena and industry. ENERGISE is funded under the EU H2020 programme (Grant No 727647).

The event will be held in conjunction with the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production ERSCP 2019 conference, which takes place from 15-18 October 2019.

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