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”

New perspectives on urban energy governance

Last week I attended a fascinating two-day workshop organized by the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires and Sociétés (LATTS) in Paris. The event focussed on urban energy governance in the global North and South, featuring a wide range of presentations from some of the most prominent researchers in the field. Its broad remit and interdisciplinary focus allowedContinue reading “New perspectives on urban energy governance”

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”

Research in Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania

By Stefan Bouzarovski At the beginning of April I visited Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo as part of an initial research and networking trip on the EVALUATE project. The trip highlighted some of the infrastructural issues faced by these countries in the process of post-socialist transition, which, however, vary widely according to local context. While inContinue reading “Research in Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania”

Energising the US geography conference in Los Angeles

By Stefan Bouzarovski The centrality of energy issues to contemporary geographical debates was demonstrated at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles. We have already seen a rapid increase  of energy-related discussions at the UK equivalent of the AAG Annual Meeting – the Annual International Conference of the Royal GeographicalContinue reading “Energising the US geography conference in Los Angeles”

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”

From transition to transformation

By Stefan Bouzarovski I recently gave a plenary talk titled ‘From transition to transformation’ at the RGS-IBG mid-term postgraduate conference at the University of Birmingham. The title of the talk was a response to the theme of the conference: ‘Geographical transitions’. It highlighted, inter alia, the new relevance of integrated thinking across geography, particularly in terms of theContinue reading “From transition to transformation”

Energy vulnerability factors and pathways: Towards a research agenda

By Saska Petrova Do have a look at this (currently open) call for papers for an early career researcher symposium – at the University of Manchester – focused on exploring the meanings, implications  and underlying conditions of energy vulnerability. The symposium will take place at the University of Manchester between the 21st and 22nd of May, andContinue reading “Energy vulnerability factors and pathways: Towards a research agenda”