Beyond Oil: mobilizing alternative futures.
Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The direction that this transformation will take is still highly uncertain. Transformations to societies beyond oil involve deliberate choices that lead to different outcomes with regards to power, justice, inequality and human-nature relations. A task for social scientists is to analyze the structures of inertia and capacities for change in current societies, and highlight the multiple futures that these make possible.
We welcome papers on the following themes:
Capacities for change: theorizing the inertia and instability of energyscapes
How can emerging capacities for change be conceptualized with reference to the relative inertia and instability of contemporary energy landscapes? The topic calls for papers that explore socio-material relations of energyscapes and that critically discuss opportunities for change.
Mobilizing and/or scaling climate and energy transformations
A common point of departure in transformation research is that experiments and small initiatives may lead larger systemic change. We invite contributions that examine the mechanisms, pathways and relations through which such initiatives are mobilized or scaled. What exactly is mobilized, where, when, how, and by whom?
Politicizing urban life: Power and inequality in transformations
With what effect and for whom are climate and energy transformations mobilized in cities? How can we critically approach the nature of urban life in sustainable urban futures? The topic calls for papers that critically approach potential urban futures with a sensitivity to the power and inequality of climate and energy transformations.
Innovative methods and processes for research, learning and governance
Current strategies for research, education, and governance may be unsuitable to deal with the complexity and urgency of many social and environmental challenges. How does this affect the role of academia and researchers? We particularly invite contributions that discuss and/or demonstrate new methodologies for conducting research, facilitating learning and/or governance.
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