Monday, March 21, 2011

Call for papers and posters - Energy and people: futures, complexity and challenges. Oxford, 20-21 Sept

The Lower Carbon Futures research team at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and the UK Energy Research Centre’s Meeting Place will host an international, interdisciplinary conference focusing on the relationship between society and energy use, particularly in the context of the major transition to a low carbon energy system.

On behalf of the Conference Steering Committee, please find attached a Call for Papers and Posters for the upcoming conference, Energy and People: futures, complexity and challenges. The link for more information and to submit your abstract is available here:

We encourage papers which explore future trends in energy practices, emphasise the human dimension and which:
1)      Challenge the conventional wisdom and suggest alternative ways to approach complexity (e.g. non-market mechanisms; social and governance changes). 
2)      Identify novel methods and approaches for studying pathways to low carbon futures (e.g. research methods such as social modelling, agent-based modelling, and social back casting).

Authors may wish to explore linkages between energy and wider themes, such as:
·         Equity 
·         Consumption patterns, trade, national and international politics
·         Communication and mobility
·         Infrastructures of production, distribution and consumption
·         Urbanization, immigration and ageing
·         Institutions, governance and social change

Contributions should be in one of three forms:
·         Short papers (4000 words) for oral presentation at the conference;
·         Briefer thought pieces (1500 words) suitable for a 5 minute intervention; and
·         Posters for display during the conference and at a dedicated poster session.

In all cases we are seeking contributions from different disciplines and perspectives: for example, politics, sociology, development studies, international relations, psychology, geography, future studies, technology studies, energy studies, economics and history.

In all cases, 350 word abstracts should be submitted by 11 April 2011. The abstract will be peer reviewed and decision will be sent by the end of May. Complete papers are due by the end of August. The Conference will be held 20-21 September, 2011 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Please see the attached Call for Papers for further details.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Otoadese
UKERC Meeting Place Manager
Environmental Change Institute
Oxford University
South Parks Road
skype: jennifer.otoadese

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