Reminder: 2 webinars Dec. 2nd: STs in the global south & Geography of transitions

Next Wednesday, December 2nd, we will have a ‘grande finale’ STRN webinar day with the Transitions in the Global South and Geography of Transitions webinars both being concluded for the year.

First, the Global South Webinar Series will hold its last session:

Title: Role of State and Public institutions in times of a pandemic + Webinar series highlights

Guest speakers: Dr. Monica Ramos Mejia (Colombia) and Dr. Blanche Ting (South Africa)

Presentation of highlights and exciting announcements for 2021:  Members of the Transitions in the Global South 2020 webinar organising team

Time: 13:00-15:00 CET (GMT+1)

Registration: https://forms.gle/ZVcD4WsV3HDEiBjk7

Directly after, the GeoST webinar will be concluded with a roundtable discussion:

Title: What is next for GeoST?

Moderation: Prof. Bernhard Truffer

Panelists: Prof. Lars Coenen, Prof. Koen Frenken, Dr. Christian Binz, Prof. Simone Strambach, Prof. James T. Murphy
Time: 15.00-16.00 CET (GMT+1)

Registration: https://rb.gy/rldbum

2 year post-doc at the University of Manchester

There is a two-year post-doc position open at the University of Manchester:

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CCR488/research-associate-in-human-geography

You will be part of the exciting FAIR project – https://www.creds.ac.uk/fair/ – led by Mari Martiskainen at the University of Sussex, and funded by the UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions. The post is full time in the first year, reducing to part time (at 50%) in the second year. We need someone with quantitative/GIS skills in particular – an understanding of energy geographies and socio-spatial inequality would also help!

Register for the next NEST webinar with Dr. Lea Fünfschilling on Institutions – December 10th @ 13:30 CET

The last NEST webinar of 2020 will take place on Thursday, December 10th at 13:30 CET with Dr. Lea Fünfschilling on the role of institutions in transitions. 
Please register to receive the Zoom login information via https://forms.gle/rgNTuk6fzF79cm5N9

Recordings of the previous webinars can be found on the NEST Youtube Channel.  

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or Twitter (@TransitionsNEST).

PhD Position – New social collectives in a smart and sustainable energy system – Linköping University

PhD Position – New social collectives in a smart and sustainable energy system

4 year, full-time position

Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change
Application Deadline: 7 December 2020

We are happy to announce a fully funded 4 year PhD position at our department and would be grateful,if you could pass on this information to potentially interested candidates.

Research and education at Tema T – Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, deals with how technology is developed and used in social contexts, as well as how technological change helps shape and is shaped by cultural, political and economic processes in society. The position is part of the research group ‘STRIPE – Socio-technical research of  infrastructures, politics and the environment’. 

The PhD project will study the emergence of new social collectives in an energy system under transformation. New technologies for energy generation and storage, in combination with digitalization processes and broader socio-cultural changes, create new conditions for social collaboration. Examples are local energy communities, energy cooperatives, groups of households organised by so-called aggregators or new social relations through peer-to-peer trading. An aim of the thesis will be to study the emergence of these new energy collectives and analyze their potential for a sustainable energy transition. Research will be based on qualitative social science methods and comprise conducting and analyzing interviews, collecting and analyzing documents as well as writing scientific articles as part of the thesis.

Relevant educational backgrounds for the announced position include sociology, human geography, urban and regional planning, policy studies or other social science and interdisciplinary programmes.

For more information and application, see:

(Swedish version)

(English version)

Application deadline: 7 December 2020

4th Innovation Eco-system workshop. Maximising the Transition Opportunities of Europe’s Green Deal – Wed. Dec 9th

4th Innovation Eco-system workshop. Maximising the Transition Opportunities of Europe’s Green Deal.  This will be taking place on Wednesday 9th December from 10.00-12.30 and  14.30- 17.30 (CET) on-line, via Zoom.

There will be a focus on the European Green Deal and how we can maximise the systems innovation and transition elements within the programme. I am delighted to be able to announce that we shall be joined by Helena Braun, the Member of the Cabinet for Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans with specific responsibility for the European Green Deal. This should ensure a really good, top-level discussion.

See the full programme below. This will be a really valuable event for KIC staff, project partners and other colleagues interested in system innovation and the transition potential of the European Green Deal. Please circulate to all you think may be interestedTo register, just sign up below.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OYmBKPsKskS2wo6wpXzKZIoJECJSyPdDkdSSW2yPmrNURDkyU1ZCSU9SRzg1VkdDOFNXUTFEVzFIMyQlQCN0PWcu

Reminderabout the 3rd Geography of Sustainability Transitions webinar series – Wednesday, Nov. 18th: Geographies of Green Industrial Path Development

This is a short reminder about the 3rd session of the Geography of Sustainability Transitions webinar series, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 18th (see attached flyer).

Title: “Geographies of Green Industrial Path Development
Presenter: Prof. Michaela Trippl (University of Vienna) 
Discussant: Dr. Markus Steen (SINTEF).

Wed, 18.11., 15.00-16.00 CET. Please register here

For more information about the speakers, the webinar series, and to access additional background materials, please visit our website: https://geographyoftransitions.wordpress.com/.

Abstract:

In recent times, the question of where green industries emerge and how they evolve over time has attracted enormous interest in both academic and policy circles. Empirical evidence suggests that regions differ considerably in their ability to nurture new green economic activities and to promote the ‘greening’ of mature industries. Over the past years, much progress has been made in identifying the local and non-local forces and dynamics behind these highly uneven geographical patterns. Yet, comprehensive conceptual frameworks for explaining why green industries emerge in some regions and not in others are still missing. In this presentation, it will be argued that recent scholarly debates on ‘regional industrial path development’ can substantially enhance our understanding of the uneven geography of green industry emergence and growth. Combining insights from evolutionary economic geography, innovation system approaches and transition studies, this literature (i) offers a nuanced view of green regional path development in regions, distinguishing between green path creation, diversification, transplantation, and renewal; (ii) provides new insights into the conditions and factors that enable and constrain green structural change, and  (iii) casts light on the role of firm-level and system-level agency in transforming preconditions into green path development through complex forms of asset modification.

Background paper: 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718520300518?via%3Dihub

Data for Policy 2021 Conference – September 14-16, 2021 at University College London

The Data for Policy 2021 Conference will take place on September 14-16, 2021 at University College London.
https://dataforpolicy.org/data-for-policy-2021/
The International Organisation Committee would like to invite you to submit special track proposals at the conference. The deadline is December 10, 2020.

The area of Data to Tackle Global Issues and Dynamic Societal Threats, including sustainable development and climate change, is particularly highlighted as being of special interest in the conference.

Special tracks can be considered tor post-conference publication of a Special Collection of articles in Data & Policy, an open-access journal published by Cambridge University Press.

Virtual public workshop, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene a virtual public workshop, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science on November 30, December 1, and December 2, 2020 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). 

The workshop will review the state of cutting edge research that can help societies meet the goals of sustainable development, and provide scientific input to the ongoing discussions of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Grand Challenges in Science initiative and the Nobel Prize Summit “Our Planet, Our Future” that will be held in Spring 2021.

The workshop has been designed by a Steering Committee of the following NAS members: Pamela Matson (co-chair), William Clark (co-chair), Arun Agrawal, Partha Dasgupta, Ruth DeFries, Carl Folke, Robert O. Keohane, Diana Liverman, and Stephen Polasky. It is structured around six themes that research has shown to be important in the pursuit of sustainability: (1) measuring progress toward sustainable development; (2) promoting equity and justice in sustainability efforts; (3) adapting to shocks and surprise; (4) fostering innovation for transformational change; (5) linking knowledge with action; and (6) managing and governing complex nature-society systems. Each theme will be addressed in a panel featuring presentations by, and discussions among, a half-dozen or so leading scholars from around the world.

More details are available on the project website including a list of panelists and other speakers, an agenda including timing of the individual panels, and a set of background readings.

Please register in advance to receive information on how to view the workshop. 

Reminder: Geography of Sustainability Transitions webinar tomorror Nov. 11th @ 15:00 CET

This is a short reminder about the next session of the Geography of Sustainability Transitions webinar series, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 11th (see attached flyer).

Title: “Towards an institutional conceptualization of regional transition dynamics
Presenters: Prof. Simone Strambach and Dr. Gesa Pflitsch (both from the Philipps University of Marburg)
Discussant: Prof. Koen Frenken (Utrecht University).

Wed, 11.11., 15.00-16.00 CET. Please register here

For more information about the speakers, the webinar series, and to access additional background materials, please visit our website: https://geographyoftransitions.wordpress.com/  

We look forward to seeing many of you at this event!

All the best,

The webinar organization team

Postdoc in Sustainability transitions and backcasting at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

The research group Navigating Sustainability Transitions at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden is looking for a new Postdoc in Sustainability transitions and backcasting

The research group is engaged in inter- and transdisciplinary research on and for sustainability transitions. We relate our work to the concept of sustainability, such as the United Nations’ Agenda 2030. Our work focuses on the practical application, investigation and development of futures-oriented participatory methodologies, primarily backcasting, as well as approaches of science-society collaboration including societal labs.

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