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

The 2019 conference will highlight the intersection of on-going and future changes in the energy sector and global society. Because energy is intimately woven into every society, alterations in energy systems reverberate throughout economies, cultures, landscapes, and politics. These changes transform human futures, even as social, policy, and market innovation create new pathways for energy technologies and industries. The opportunity to remake energy systems into more environmentally sustainable forms is thus also an opportunity to improve societal wellbeing and justice.


Conference Chairs

Martin J. (“Mike”) Pasqualetti

Arizona State University, USA

Martin J. (“Mike”) Pasqualetti is Professor of Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University; Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; and Co-Director of the Energy Policy Information Council (EPIC). He has worked throughout his career to advance the critical transition to a more sustainable energy future.

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Clark Miller

Arizona State University, USA

Clark A. Miller is Professor and Director of the Center for Energy and Society at Arizona State University.

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Julia Hobson Haggerty

Montana State University, USA

Julia Haggerty is Assistant Professor of Geography in Montana State University's Earth Sciences Department where she teaches courses on Human Geography, Energy Resources, and Rural Economic Geography.

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Scientific Committee

Kathleen Araújo

Boise State University, USA

Kathleen Araújo is Associate Professor of Energy Innovation Systems and Policy, and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

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Marilyn A. Brown

University of Georgia, USA

Marilyn A. Brown is a Regents’ Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she created and directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab in the School of Public Policy.

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Vanesa Castán-Broto

University of Sheffield, UK

Vanesa Castán-Broto is a Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute in the University of Sheffield. She currently heads the group on Climate Urbanism at the urban institution, which applies critical social resource to the study of climate change governance in cities. Prof CastanBroto’s latest book on “Urban Energy Landscapes” (Cambridge University Press, 2019) examines the energy transition as an existential problem that requires understanding the coevolution of energy resources, the build environment and the diverse forms of social and political organisation that shape contemporary cities.

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Jeffrey Jacquet

The Ohio State University, USA

Jeffrey Jacquet is a natural resource sociologist whose work has explored the social impacts to communities and people from renewable and non-renewable energy developments, and the ways in which people perceive of and react to these developments.

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Debora Ley

UN/ECLAD Subregional Headquarters, Mexico

Debora Ley is a Lead Author of Chapter 4 for the IPCC's Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5°C.  Her focus has been on adaptation, transformational adaptation and renewable energy.  She has a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, a MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BSc in Electromechanical Engineering from Centro Universitario México División de Estudios Superiores.

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Jessica Smith

Colorado School of Mines, USA

Jessica Smith is Co-Director of Humanitarian Engineering and Associate Professor in the Engineering, Design & Society Division at the Colorado School of Mines.

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Sven Stremke

Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Academy of Architecture/University of the Arts, The Netherlands

Sven Stremke is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Amsterdam University of Arts in The Netherlands. He is also Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University.

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