Fourth Energy and Society Conference: Energy transitions in a divided world / Exeter 3 to 5 September 2018

Posted on 2018/06/27


Fourth Energy and Society Conference: Energy transitions in a divided world

The fourth Energy and Society Conference will take place in Exeter, UK, from 3 to 5 September 2018.

We aim to bring together researchers interested in the social dimensions of energy, to exchange insightful ideas and create opportunities for collaboration. We invite contributions from sociology, other social sciences and interdisciplinary networks.

This time the conference theme is Energy transitions in a divided world.  The theme reflects recent developments around the world that have been linked to a decline in social and spatial cohesion and cooperation: the onward march of individualism, privatisation and deregulation associated with neoliberal principles, and the rise of nationalism within and beyond Europe. The Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump presidency in the US are just two manifestations of these processes. But what are the impacts of these wider social transformations for future energy systems?

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Catherine Mitchell (University of Exeter)

Harald Rohracher (Linköping University)

This theme is intended to spark debate and discussion, but we encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Local capacities, responsibilities and strategies in energy governance
  • Public participation in transforming energy systems and ‘citizen energy’
  • International cooperation and the impact of Brexit on Europe’s energy transition
  • Transition strategies: From grid interconnection to sharing and sufficiency
  • Theoretical approaches to energy transitions and critical perspectives
  • Social justice, energy poverty and (future) energy systems
  • Dynamics and patterns of energy consumption
  • Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart places
  • Embodiment and energy: habits, dispositions, practical knowledge
  • Green economy, circular economy, and visions of the future
  • Energy discourses – economic, political and environmental narratives
  • Methods for operationalising sociological theories on energy transitions
  • Energy-water-food-resource-nexus
  • Living labs/real life laboratories in energy research


For more information about registration please see our registration page.

Social events

Social events include a welcome reception, an optional conference dinner, and excursions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter.

For further information please contact: Catherine Butler ( and Karen Bickerstaff (

Scientific Committee

Françoise Bartiaux, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Karen Bickerstaff, University of Exeter (UK)

Alena Bleicher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Germany)

Catherine Butler, University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences (UK)

Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and University of Jena (Germany)

Ana Horta, Universidade de Lisboa – Instituto de Ciências Sociais (Portugal)

Pia Laborgne, European Institute for Energy Research and Institute for Sociology/University of Freiburg (Germany)

Sophie Nemoz, Université de Franche-Comté (France)

Giorgio Osti, Università degli Studi di Trieste – Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali (Italy)

André Schaffrin, University of Cologne (Germany)

Luísa Schmidt, Universidade de Lisboa – Instituto de Ciências Sociais (Portugal)

Maria Swiatkiewicz-Mosny, Institute of Sociology – Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Aleksandra Wagner, Institute of Sociology – Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Markus Winkelmann, ITAS/KIT (Germany

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