Conference explores nexus between energy and society

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Manchester University 400 delegates met at the University of Manchester for the energy conference. Photo Credit: University of Manchester

Working towards low-carbon futures while understanding the societal challenges that brings was the theme of the 3rd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science 2022. 

The University of Manchester hosted 400 international delegates, made up of energy sector academics and experts for the four-day conference held this week (June 20-23). 

The aim of the conference was to examine both theory and practice of all aspects of energy from production to consumption, with topics including energy poverty, the role of gender and just transitions – ensuring workers in high-carbon industries are protected as we work towards low-carbon futures. 

The conference saw 198 oral presentations and 255 posters across more than 40 sessions. Early career researchers were also given access to a pre-conference workshop. 

Professor Stefan Bouzarovski, conference chair, said: “The conference aims to offer a vibrant and innovative forum for discussing the latest research on low-carbon energy policy transformations. We were heavily oversubscribed, having received a total of 1116 abstracts for oral and poster presentations.  

“Reflecting Manchester’s heritage, we have a strong commitment to questions of justice and democracy – especially in relation to inequalities around gender, income, development, and other axes of difference – and this is also reflected in our line-up of outstanding keynote speakers and committee members.”

Keynote speakers included, Cara Daggett, assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, Dr Benjamin K. Sovacool, professor of energy policy, the University of Sussex Business School, and Janette Webb, Edinburgh University professorial fellow in social studies of energy.

In conjunction with the conference, two free-to-download publications were made available by [email protected]: Energy inequality and low carbon futures: geography matters and The importance of mapping in the shift to net zero. The think pieces were led by early career researchers based at the People and Energy theme within the Manchester Urban Institute and the Department of Geography.

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