RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016

We are organising a session at the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 30 August – 2 September 2016. We are now inviting papers related to the following theme:

Examining ‘communities’ as a site of nexus: opportunities and challenges for energy transitions

Co-sponsors: Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG); Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG)

Convenors: Emily Creamer (University of Edinburgh); Gerald Taylor Aiken (University of Luxembourg); Bregje van Veelen (University of Edinburgh)

Framed within the broader context of the transition towards more sustainable, low-carbon societies, ‘community’ can be a rich site for exploring the tensions of ‘the nexus’. Not only does community offer a useful scale for examining holistic approaches to the management of energy transitions, it also serves as the site of an intriguing nexus between bottom-up activism and top-down energy policy implementation.

Governments frequently assume that state support for community-led low-carbon energy initiatives will be of inherent benefit at the local level; however, the incorporation of communities into official government climate change strategies raises many challenging questions about how this is being delivered in practice, for example:

  • To what extent are community approaches delivering more sustainable outcomes (environmentally, economically and/or socially)?
  • To what extent are local actors being empowered, rather than being co-opted as a regulatory tool of governance?
  • What new, if anything, does nexus thought have to add to extant critiques of the role of community?
  • What potential exists for lessons learned and solidarities formed between various community-as-nexus examples?

We welcome papers addressing these points and any others examining community-led, low-carbon energy transitions in the light of nexus thought.

The format of the session will be 4 x 15min paper presentations followed by 30min discussion with invited discussant.  Prospective presenters should send abstracts of up to 250 words, along with paper title and presenter details, to Emily Creamer (emily.creamer@ed.ac.uk) by Wednesday 10th February

For more details on the conference and registration details, please see: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+International+Conference+2016.htm