Conference: “Beyond Oil”, Bergen, Oct 25-27, 2017.

The next “Beyond Oil” conference will be held in Bergen, Oct 25-27, 2017.

Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The direction that this transformation will take is still highly uncertain. Transformations to societies beyond oil involve deliberate choices that lead to different outcomes with regards to power, justice, inequality and human-nature relations. A task for social scientists is to analyze the structures of inertia and capacities for change in current societies, and highlight the multiple futures that these make possible.

As research moves from studying problems to proposing pathways and solutions, we therefore need to critically interrogate the particular solutions that are proposed and how they relate to the futures we wish to mobilize. As academics, we also need to consider our own role in transformations – whether as catalysts, participants, critics, or knowledge producers. We welcome researchers from a variety of research fields connected to the topics above.


See the detailed program here.


Other information

Dates and venue

Oct 25–27, 2017 in Bergen, Norway

Litteraturhuset in Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7



For accommodation, there are a number of nearby hotels. For example Scandic ByparkenHotel Park and Grand Terminus. There are also budget options in Bergen, like P-Hotels or Marken Guesthouse. 



Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Energy & Social Science

Interdisciplinary Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Energy & Social Science

University of Edinburgh – College of Science and Engineering

University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Energy & Social Science. We seek to recruit an outstanding candidate with an excellent, international research profile to join the Geography and the Lived Environment Research Institute and complement our existing expertise on the social and societal aspects of energy transitions. We are looking for an outgoing and collegiate candidate to further bolster the School of Geosciences’ reputation as a key contributor to energy related research and knowledge exchange across campus, the city of Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK. This post provides the candidate with opportunities to participate in a vibrant and growing research community (the cross-college Energy & Society Research Group), pursue knowledge exchange activities through the award-winning Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, collaborate on large-scale projects (e.g. the UoE Zero-Carbon Climate Plan; Edinburgh/SE Scotland City Region Deal; Research Councils UK’s Energy Programme and Global Challenges Research Fund) and develop a research-informed teaching portfolio (e.g. on our MA in Human Geography and our new MSc in Energy, Society and Sustainability).

We are looking for a candidate with a proven ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and with stakeholders from government, industry and/or civil society.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, have teaching experience and a publication record commensurate with career stage.

Presentations and Interviews will take place on 2nd & 3rd October 2017.

This is full time and open-ended post which is available from 1st of January 2018 or earlier if possible.

Salary: Lecturer UE08 £39,324 – £46,924 per annum / Senior Lecturer UE09 £49,772 – £55,998 per annum

Closing date: Thursday 31st August 2017 at 5pm (GMT)

More details here:

“Weekly” Energy News “Update”-August 10th

Well as predicted I have been unable to keep up with weekly updates while in Montana this trip. However, I want to share a quick post that I think EANers will find useful. I recently drove to Seattle to attend a conference honoring the retirement of Prof. Stevan Harrell from the University of Washington, a life-long friend and advisor in all things China, Environment and Anthropology (for those unfamiliar with Steve’s work I highly recommend browsing through the courses he has taught over the years on his webpage). While in Seattle listening to the legendary KEXP I was lucky to catch the first half of an old seminar (2002) by Iain Boal titled The Beginning of the Nuclear Age (part two can be heard here). It is an excellent historical account of the first chain reaction set off beneath the University of Chicago in 1942. Boal is an wonderful speaker so I highly recommend it if you haven’t read his work before. I should say that the picture I’ve paired with this post will only make sense to those of you who have the time to listen to Boal’s talk. Enjoy!

Hopefully I will come back to a more regular schedule of updating towards the end of August. Many thanks for your patience!


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