Beyond the ‘sustainable city-region’ – prospects for urban intelligence

Joe Ravetz reviews experience from ‘CURE-1’ (Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology), and the prospects for ‘CURE-2’ – Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy. The text is based on an editorial for the Special Issue on ‘Urban Ecology and Resilience’, Town and Country Planning, October 2013.

Another CURE-led call for papers for 2014 AAG: Energy and the socioecological production of space

Visitors to this blog may be interested in this call for papers for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, which will take place between the 8th and 12th of April 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Energy and the socioecological production of space Organizers: Matt Huber (Syracuse University) Saska Petrova (University of Manchester) Energy is oftenContinue reading “Another CURE-led call for papers for 2014 AAG: Energy and the socioecological production of space”

The rise of the networked ghetto

Continuing our series of guest contributions about energy poverty in the Balkans, Rosalina Babourkova reflects on issues around electricity use in Roma settlements in Bulgaria and Macedonia.  Since my first visit to a Roma settlement in Bulgaria in 2007, I have been forever fascinated with electricity meters. The politics of electricity metering in Roma settlementsContinue reading “The rise of the networked ghetto”

Research on energy poverty in Greece – update

The EVENT project commenced its programme of activities during July and August. These were undertaken amidst an atmosphere of rising controversy around questions of energy prices and energy poverty in Greece. Rapid increases in electricity tariffs during July became a major point of political contention in the country, especially as they are anticipated to continueContinue reading “Research on energy poverty in Greece – update”

Revamping urban-energy.org

As of today, this site has a new structure – from our initial aim to act as an information vehicle for the EVALUATE project, we are now starting to work towards providing a wider virtual home for the wide variety of energy and cities-related scholarship at the University of Manchester. The transformation, however, should notContinue reading “Revamping urban-energy.org”

A short report from Brazil: The relevance of energy issues to the recent protests

By Saska Petrova When we planned last month’s research visit to Brazil, Stefan Bouzarovski and I did not intend for it to take place during some of the largest protests in the country’s recent history. Yet witnessing the events in close proximity was a major eye opener: Many of the demonstrators’ grievances were closely related toContinue reading “A short report from Brazil: The relevance of energy issues to the recent protests”

New project: Energy vulnerability and alternative economies in Northern Greece

The 15th of July will see the start of the EVENT project (Energy vulnerability and alternative economies in Northern Greece), which aims to explore how experiences of domestic energy deprivation in this country are underpinned by the social and spatial infrastructures of everyday life. The endeavour is funded by the Royal Geographical Society with the InstituteContinue reading “New project: Energy vulnerability and alternative economies in Northern Greece”

New papers by members of the EVALUATE project team

By Saska Petrova Petrova S, Gentile M, Mäkinen I H, Bouzarovski S, 2013, Perceptions of thermal comfort and housing quality: Exploring the microgeographies of energy poverty in Stakhanov, Ukraine. Environment and Planning A 45(5): 1240-1257  This paper explores issues of thermal comfort in the home, based on a large-scale survey undertaken in Stakhanov in Ukraine. It investigates the relationship between a range of sociodemographic, housing,Continue reading “New papers by members of the EVALUATE project team”

Health and well-being impacts of energy efficiency

By Saska Petrova Followers of this blog may be interested in the presentations and outcomes associated with the Roundtable on Health and Well-being Impacts of Energy Efficiency Improvements, held in Copenhagen last month as part of the International Energy Agency study on ‘Capturing the multiple benefits of energy efficiency’. The relationship between housing and energyContinue reading “Health and well-being impacts of energy efficiency”

Call for participants – Energy vulnerability seminar in Manchester

By Saska Petrova A very limited number of places are still available for this three-day seminar at the University of Manchester, which aims to lay the groundwork for conceptualizing the components, underlying factors and socio-spatial implications of energy vulnerability. The event will bring together academic researchers, policy representatives, and the third sector to consider theContinue reading “Call for participants – Energy vulnerability seminar in Manchester”