River Stone Renewables

River Stone Renewables.

We are a group of renewable energy scholars involved in engineering, ecology and social science research who come together to explore the role of renewable energy in overcoming the ecological crisis. We are fulfilling this mission by hosting discussions, disseminating educational resources, supporting activist groups involved in climate justice, and collaborating on related projects. In our collaborative research, we are asking questions about how work in the field(s) of renewable energy can contribute to a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. We advocate for the mindful integration of people and the planet into the research and development of renewable energy.

If you are interesting to join, please get in touch, and here is our website where you will find the events we have lined up for the next few weeks: https://www.riverstonerenewables.com/

WWF INNO STUDENT CHALLENGE

For those based in the Netherlands, check out this cool opportunity to help you develop an innovative idea to help protect nature. It’s organized by the WWF NL. There’s a 10,000 Euro award.

https://www.wwf.nl/wat-we-doen/actueel/inno-fonds/inno-student-challenge-eng

PhD: University as agent in sustainability transition TU Eindhoven

PhD research on the topic of University as an agent in sustainability transition. This research is part of a bigger initiative started by TUe on increasing sustainability in our research, education and operations. In other words, we are going to study ourselves :). We specifically look for someone who can bridge science with practice.
The vacancy is online until 15 November 2021 but we will hire sooner if a suitable candidate is found. I will appreciate if you bring this post to the attention of good candidates. This is the link to the vacancy https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-university-as-agent-in-sustainability-transition-action-research-approach-895943.html

21-month post-doc in research project on ‘Low-carbon reorientation in steel, oil refining and chemical industries’

 job advert for a 21-month post-doc position in an exciting research project titled ‘Low-carbon reorientation in steel, oil refining and chemical industries’. This position will be based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (University of Manchester) and is part of the newly established 4- year Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).

The project will make a social science analysis of the drivers and barriers for low-carbon reorientation in three hard-to-decarbonise industries. It will analyse changes in the strategies, investments and innovation activities of incumbent firms in response to pressures from economic and socio-political contexts, including policies, public debates, markets, and suppliers. The research questions are:

1) What are the barriers and drivers of low-carbon reorientation in these three industries?

2) Conceptualising low-carbon reorientation as a gradual multi-phase process, in what reorientation phase are these three industries?

3) How and why do steel, oil refining and chemical industries vary in their depth and speed of low-carbon reorientation? How might decarbonisation efforts be accelerated?

To address these questions, the project will make three longitudinal case studies that analyse co-evolving interactions between the steel, oil refining and chemical industries and their contexts from 2005 to the present. Data will be collected from different sources, including industry journals, policy documents, expert interviews, statistical databases, and secondary sources (e.g., academic publications, consultancy reports).

Candidates should hold a PhD in innovation studies or related social science field. 

The website and job description (attached) further articulate person specification details.

The closing date for applications is 16 November 2021 with interviews planned soon after. 

The selected candidate would start as soon as possible, and no later than 1 March 2022.

Interested candidates can contact me with questions about the post.

I would be delighted if you could share this job advert with suitable candidates and encourage them to apply through this website:

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=21119

3 year postdoc position University of Twente ‘Electrifying Chemical Production – Responsible Pathways and Material Choices’

The deadline for the following position is approaching:

Postdoc position ‘Electrifying Chemical Production – Responsible Pathways and Material Choices’

At the Science, Technology & Policy Studies group (STEPS) at the University of Twente we have an opening for a 3 year postdoc position in an RRI project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Application deadline is October 23, 2021.

New types of electrochemical processes and electrolysis are expected to enable a transition towards the sustainable production of ‘green’ chemicals based on electricity from renewables. This project will explore possible socio-technical configurations and pathways for selected applications of new electrochemical processes (such as bio-oil upgrading, synthesis of common chemical compounds, wastewater recycling). Furthermore, it will assess the environmental and societal implications of the choice of materials involved, such as electro-catalysts, electrolyser materials and produced compounds, that will be developed in a closely related project. The project takes a long-term perspective by not only scrutinizing present application scenarios and anticipating potential future pathways, but also extending our perspective into the recent past, learning from challenges and failures in preceding innovation trajectories. Further points of attention will be challenges and opportunities for the embedding of the envisaged applications in neighboring sectors, such as the chemical industry, energy generation or wastewater treatment, multi-sector settings and directions for more decentralized processes.

The project aims to develop societally viable and responsible electrochemical processes and applications that can contribute to ‘greening’ the chemical industry in the Netherlands and beyond. For this, the project connects approaches from constructive technology assessment and lifecycle thinking. Moreover, it will be interlinked with ongoing electrochemical research, mutually adjusting research agendas and reflecting on implications for design. 

For more information please follow the link:https://www.utwente.nl/en/organisation/careers/!/197/postdoc-pathways-and-material-choices-for-the-responsible-electrification-of-chemical-and-fuel-production

3 positions at ETH Zurich

at ETH Zurich, we have three open positions in energy and climate policy, and climate finance. We are looking forward to interesting candidates. Deadline for the positions is November 11.

 

At the Climate Finance and Policy Group (Prof. Bjarne Steffen):

 

At the Energy and Technology Policy Group (my own lab):

 

And, SPOILER ALERT: there will be two more PhD positions at EPG, very soon – so keep your eyes open, check our homepage, of follow us on twitter, where we post these positions@ETH_EPG

Upcoming 7th NEST Conference: A Call for Collaboration

The 2022 edition of the annual NEST conference will be held under the motto “Global Sustainability Transitions: Towards Collaboration among Early Career Researchers”. We believe that tackling a global crisis requires a global research perspective and the Sustainability Transition field today is still largely dominated by work from the Global North. Together with you, we want to take the first step towards more collaborative approaches between researchers from across the globe. For this reason, we have decided to hold the conference as a hybrid event making it possible for early career researchers to present their work and exchange with their peers without the financial barrier of having to pay for the travels to the conference location. However, we would like to go beyond just increasing the accessibility of the conference and start facilitating a knowledge exchange amongst researchers from the Global South and Global North. Register here: https://forms.gle/wUd4vBPiqdYDrDp68

How?

Through a virtual match-making event, we want to provide you with a platform where you have the chance to meet early career researchers from all over the world that work on similar sustainability transition research from thematic, theoretical, or methodological perspectives. 

The aim of the event is to help you find fellow Ph.D. students with whom you can collaborate and hold a short presentation at the conference. We will be holding a specifically designated session format at NEST 2022 where you & your collaborator can discuss differences and similarities in your research approach as well as, what you were able to learn from each other. All as a step towards developing a global perspective on transition topics. 

Want to submit an abstract together? Even better – we look forward to reading your submission!

When?

The virtual 7th NEST Conference match-making event will take place Thursday 28th of October 14:00 CEST and take approximately 90 minutes.

How can you participate?

Please register through this form to receive the Zoom login information.

2 year post-doc position in research project on ‘zero-carbon transitions and productivity growth’

2-year research associate post in a project titled ‘Driving zero-carbon transitions and productivity growth’.

The RA will be based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester and work with me as well as colleagues in Exeter University, Cambridge Econometrics, and Cambridge University.

The project aims to build bridges between socio-technical transitions research and economic research (including modelling) with a focus on the effects of zero-carbon transitions on UK productivity. The project particularly aims to understand how interactions between actor choices and techno-economic developments (e.g. price, performance, investments) may drive low-carbon innovations across tipping points, helping them move from an early niche phase (when costs are high and productivity effects limited) to an accelerated diffusion phase (when costs decrease and productivity effects become more positive). 

The RA post will help to: a) further develop the conceptual framework, b) investigate low-carbon innovations that have recently crossed tipping points, such as onshore wind, offshore wind, solar-PV, electric vehicles, c) develop suggestions for UK policymakers. Depending on time and skills, the RA may also play a role in the simulation sub-project, which will analyse transition dynamics and productivity effects of offshore wind, electric vehicles, heat pumps, Carbon Capture and Storage, and hydrogen.

I would be delighted if you could share this job advert with potential candidates and encourage them to apply through this website:https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=20894

Candidates should hold a PhD in innovation studies or related field, preferably with a socio-economic and productivity orientation.

The website and job description (attached) further articulate person specification details.

The closing date for applications is 3 November 2021 with interviews planned soon after. 

The 2-year post would start as soon as possible after interviews.

Call for contribution to Renewables Global Status Report 2022

This is a great opportunity for Early Career Researchers and PhD candidates to contribute to the annual global status report on renewable energy, the GSR2022.
The GSR relies on volunteers from the research, government, and private sectors from around the world to produce the annual report, and so to improve data collection and to close data-gaps at a regional level/technology area/policy area/ etc it is directly related to the number of people and hours being contributed. As a former PhD student and ECR myself, I’ve been contributing since at least 2016 and take pride in that contribution.
There is an expression of interest form in the link just below, or contact Ines directly by reply email if you are interested in contributing.
Renewables Global Status Report – REN21

Renewables Global Status Report – REN21
The 2021 edition of the Renewables Global Status Report is available to download along with the Key Messages for Decision Makers, the data-pack and a zip file of all of the report’s charts and graphs.. Explore the interactive online version of the report: you can read it from beginning to end, move around within a chapter or jump between chapters using the handy links.www.ren21.net
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