Energy and Climate Transformations: 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science

13-16 September 2021 | University of Manchester, United Kingdom (Renold Building)


At present we intend to host the 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science according to COVID-secure guidelines onsite at the University of Manchester, UK, to best facilitate in-person networking and learning.

However, as the future situation regarding international travel remains uncertain, we have the option to switch to our fully interactive online conference platform should the need arise.

You can feel confident when submitting your abstract to the conference that we will provide a high-quality, peer-reviewed program in which to showcase your research.

This is coupled with our promise to refund your onsite registration fee, with no penalty, should you wish to cancel during the uncertainty of the outbreak.

The International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science is the premier global forum for exploring the nexus of energy and society.

The conference will highlight and explore the grand societal challenges arising at the interface of global energy transformations on the one hand, and ongoing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts on the other. It will offer a vibrant and innovative forum for presenting and discussing cutting edge research on the movement towards a low carbon future as it relates to reconfigurations in energy policies, infrastructural landscapes, socio-technical systems, and social practices.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2021

Early bird registration deadline: 2 July 2021

We invite abstracts that explore the intersection of energy and social change. Illustrative examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Societal drivers, dynamics, and outcomes of energy systems change (including social, economic, cultural, or political aspects)
  • Public perspectives on and responses to new energy technologies
  • Innovations in energy and electricity markets and policy
  • Changing landscapes and geographies of energy production, transport, and consumption
  • The social practices and cultures of energy use, demand, and behaviour
  • Historical and social analyses of transitions
  • Cities, urban energy systems, and urban form and function
  • New models of governance and democracy
  • Geopolitics of energy transformations
  • The energy-poverty nexus, including questions of ethics, justice, and inequality in energy systems change
  • Energy innovation and sustainable development
  • Enduring and changing relationships of energy, gender, and race
  • Energy and low-carbon transformations in the context of new green deals
  • The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on energy systems, livelihoods and energy futures

We welcome interdisciplinary contributions from across the social sciences, environmental studies, humanities, and energy research.

Supporting publication


Conference hashtag