Beyond Oil 2015

Link to short summary from the 2015 conference.

Beyond Oil: Geographies of climate and energy transformation

Conference at the University of Bergen, October 21 and 22, 2015
Venue: Bergen Public Library, Auditorium

Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The challenge of climate change is well recognized, renewable energy technologies are increasingly important in energy systems, and sustainability has become a critical parameter for urban and regional planning. Even though most agree that the observed processes of change are far behind what the climate science suggests is necessary, and political, economic, cultural path dependencies are evident, the transition is now. The question is how cities, regions and states manage and respond to on-going processes of change, and how sustainable, equitable and democratic outcomes will be.

The aim of this conference is to create an arena for discussing research on the social processes and geographies of climate and energy transformation.

Participation is free, lunch is served. Please email to let us know you are coming.

Download: Book of abstracts

Beyond oil program


21 October

09.00    Welcome
Introduction: The instabilities of carbonscapes
Håvard Haarstad, University of Bergen

Chair: Tarje Wanvik

09.30   Keynote: A geography of the idea of society after oil
John-Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Andreas Ytterstad, Oslo and Askershus University College of Applied Sciences

Discussant: Aslak Orre, Chr. Michelsens Institute

Short break

11.00   Keynote: Energy transitions and social equity: foregrounding spatial justice
Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Manchester

Discussant: Kristian Stokke, University of Oslo

12.15   Lunch

13.15   Panel: Community and agency (Chair: Festus Boamah, University of Bergen)

Too hot, too cold, perhaps resilient as well: experiencing energy vulnerability in Greece
Saska Petrova, University of Manchester

Youth initiatives for transformation: collective engagement and agency
Milda Jonusaite Nordbø, University of Oslo

The insights perspective of a Community Energy Initiatives (CEI) on actors and networks and their implications for governance of sustainability transitions
Lisa-Britt Fischer, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

15.00   Short break

15.15   Panel: Geographies of the green economy (Chair: Stina Oseland)

Analyzing differences in electric vehicle policies across countries
Joeri Wesseling, Lund University

Energy civilisation through industrial modernity and beyond
Thor Øivind Jensen, University of Bergen

The structure, strategy and geography of green CErtification services
Grete Rusten, University of Bergen

End: 17.00

22 October

09.00   Keynote: Climate change as an adaptive challenge
Elin Selboe, University of Oslo

Chair: Håvard Haarstad
Discussant: Atle Nyhagen, University of Bergen

10:15   Short break

10.30   Panel: Leave the oil in the ground? (Chair: Ingrid Foss Ballo, University of Bergen)

‘Leaving it in the ground’ in Lancashire: State, finance and local democracy
Anna Szolucha, University of Bergen

Will leaving oil in the ground reduce corruption in natural resources?
Aled Williams, Chr. Michelsens Institute

The North-South Dynamics of Saying No to Oil
Tessel Kuijten, University of Amsterdam

12.15   Lunch

13.15 Panel: Inequality and participation in energy transitions (Chair: Tarje Wanvik)

The Climate Protection Plan of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia: a participatory, multi-stakeholder process for regional energy transition
Valentin Espert, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

The Geography of Policy Oblivion: How Energy Policy in Japan Forgot Household Energy Consumers and at What Cost, 1945-1974
Hiroki Shin, Birkbeck College, University of London

The backlash of not governing the ungovernable: ‘Green’ governmentality and unintended outcomes of biofuel projects in Africa
Festus Boamah, University of Bergen

15.15   Beyond Oil? Summary discussion 

Chair: Håvard Haarstad

End 16.30

Download: Book of abstracts

The conference is organised as an activity in the Norwegian Political Geography Network and the Spaces of Climate and Energy Lab. It is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. We will strive to make presentations and discussion relevant to a wide academic audience.