This looks like a fantastic position. EPFL is one of the top ten research universities in the world and their new center on energy is a highly attractive place to work.
Research Fellow in Energy Transitions and Institutions (Fixed Term) Ref 835
School of Business, Management & Economics
SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit
Full time, Fixed term for 8 months, with the possibility of extension
Salary range: starting at £31,656 per annum and rising to £37,768 per annum
Closing date for applications: 8 June 2016
Expected interview date: 23 June 2016
Expected start date: 1 September 2016
The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, is seeking a Research Fellow to work on the Smart Energy Transition (SET) project funded by the Academy of Finland, Strategic Research Council www.smartenergytransition.fi.
The SET consortium is led by Aalto University School of Business, and includes seven other universities/research institutes and four other organizations, including SPRU. SPRU’s role, led by Dr Paula Kivimaa, focuses on the analysis of institutions and industrial policy in smart energy disruption. The Research Fellow will be part of the project team carrying out a cross-country comparison of UK, Germany and Denmark to understand the relevance of institutions in technology disruption - focusing on cases of on and off shore wind and building energy use.
The Research Fellow will conduct a systematic literature review and participate in conducting document analysis and interviews in the case countries, and contribute to creating a conceptual framework of key triggering points and barriers for energy technology disruption.
The successful candidate will have a PhD (obtained or nearly completed) in energy policy studies, innovation studies or a related area, and previous experience of policy and/or institutional analysis. Previous experience of using qualitative research methods, in particular literature review, document analysis and interviews, is essential. The successful candidate will be able to begin in September or early October 2016 at latest, and be able and willing to travel. The ideal candidate would have knowledge of German and/or Danish, and specific knowledge of the energy sector in Denmark, Germany and the UK.
If you wish to discuss the projects and position, please contact Dr Paula Kivimaa firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, go to http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/835
And they are selling the partially built Bellefonte Nuclear Reactors...
From World Nuclear News: (the operant word here is "had")
TVA CEO Bill Johnson at yesterday's public meeting of the TVA board said that nuclear power had an important role to play in the federally-owned corporate agency's diversified portfolio. "We are relying on our nuclear plants for electricity that is reliable, clean, low-cost and round-the-clock," he said. However, against a background of lower energy demand and changing usage patterns, TVA's 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) determined that it will not need to build any new large-scale baseload capacity for at least the next 20 years.
A group at the University of Maryland reported on results of a large survey they did of the American public's views toward energy and climate policy. They call this the "Citizen's Cabinet" because they receive briefings (via internet) before they are asked for their policy opinions. Without returning some of the tax revenues to the low and middle income groups, a carbon tax barely achieves majority support. But with some recycling to those most negatively affected, support grows to 66%. Washington State's vote on I-732 this November will be the acid test.
IST 2017: Taking the lead in real world transitions
18-21 June 2017 in Gothenburg
Hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (CIIST)
Year 2050 is just around the corner.
From a transition perspective three decades is not a long time. Yet the United Nations sustainability goals are set for 2030, and the pace of climate change calls for rapid change of massive sociotechnical systems. The challenges are enormous. Reaching ambitious societal targets rely on collective action, but also on private and public agents daring to take the lead.
The 8th International Conference on Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (IST 2017) will devote special attention to problems and challenges for those wanting to take action and do more. What understanding and conclusions can transition scholars bring to the table and what types of new knowledge do we need to search for?
Year 2017 is definitely just around the corner.
We therefore ask all transition scholars to save the dates, and join us next year for some stimulating and important days of interaction in the harbour of Gothenburg, a real world arena in transition.
On behalf of the organising committee,
Björn Sandén, Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Chalmers University of Technology
Hans Hellsmark, Coordinator of Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions and IST2017
Last year, I wrote about the challenges of finding current data on greenhouse gas emissions. Lately, I've been looking into the numbers on the global carbon budget. My conclusion: while there are many good pieces written, most of the graphics are poor, and, while most generally agree on the numbers (+/- 30%), there is a lot of confusion because people don't use consistent units. Some people use GtC (giga tonnes of carbon) or a million, million metric tonnes of carbon. Others use GtCO2. Sometimes people will use GtCO2eq. And there is the not-so-occasional use of simply Gt (presumably we're supposed to just know whether its carbon or carbon dioxide).
Here is my graphic, depicting what I understand to be a fairly widely held view of the numbers.
The next picture gets into a little more detail. In the IPCC's 2014 AR5 report, they used 2011 data and, assuming a 66% chance of staying under 2 degrees Celsius, noted we had a remaining carbon budget of about 1000 GtCO2. As of 2014 we've used about 150 GtCO2 of this, the remainder is 850 GtCO2 or about 230 GtC.
Another well-known writing on this topic is Bill McKibben's piece in Rolling Stone from 2012. He also used 2011 numbers, but took the numbers from Carbon Tracker, which used an 80% confidence level of staying under 2 degrees Celsius. His number was 565 GtCO2 or 155 GtC. Again, since 2011 we've used about 25% of this remaining budget, leaving only about 440 GtCO2 or 120GtC.
There are other numbers in other places. Rob Jackson and colleagues in The Bridge came up with a remaining budget of 900 GtCO2 or 245 GtC with a 66% certainty level of staying below 2 degrees Celsius.
Of course all these numbers depend on our understanding of the climate system, what policies we come up with to mitigate land-use drivers, and the accuracy of the emissions data.
But the general story told is that, if we think about the Earth's fossil fuels, we've used about 40% of what we know to be recoverable, and we can use perhaps one-sixth to one-third of of what remains, depending on how much we are willing to risk going over two degrees Celsius. Of course, two degree Celsius is not a magic number. There's no way to know if there are tipping points below two degrees Celsius.
Applications for the
2016 Linda Latham Scholarships Now Open
"I felt like I was truly part of a fantastic group of people wanting to make a real difference...one of the most amazing experiences of my graduate school experience."
-- 2014 Latham Scholar from UC Berkeley
DEADLINE: MARCH 18, 2016
ACEEE is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for Linda Latham Scholarships to be used for attendance at the 2016 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Scholarships are sponsored by the Linda Latham Scholarship Fund which was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE's Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.
To be eligible, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency.
For the 2016 Summer Study, Linda Latham Scholarships will be awarded to students at three different scholarship levels. Level 1 awardees will receive a full conference registration, housing and meals, and up to $500 of their transportation costs. Level II scholars will receive a full conference registration and housing and meals. Level III winners will receive a full registration to the conference. We have more Level III scholarships available than we do for Level II and more Level II scholarships than Level I; therefore, chances of selection will be highest at Level III and lowest at Level I. Find more information here.
Applicants are encouraged to complete the online application, or use the application form on our website and email it to email@example.com. Applications must be submitted with required attachments including a copy of the applicant's student ID and proof of student status.
No applications will be accepted after the submission deadline on March 18, 2016.
Scholarship winners will be notified by April 8, 2016.
For more information visit Linda Latham Scholarship Fund.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about past programs at the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, visit http://www.aceee.org/conferences/ssb/past.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Climate and Energy Transformations
There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at Department of Geography within Climate and Energy transformation. The position is for a period of 3 years.
The official job posting can be found here:
About the project/work tasks
The Spaces of Climate and Energy Lab (SpaceLab) is a research group at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, focusing on the interrelations between climate, energy and society. With funding from Bergen Research Foundation (BFS), SpaceLab is now expanding to develop internationally leading research on climate and energy transformations.
The postdoctoral fellow will form part of SpaceLab, and contribute to the group’s research agenda by conducting a research project on the geographies of climate and energy transformation. Relevant project proposals will examine social, political, economic or environmental aspects of climate and energy transitions and transformations. The empirical context should be Europe.
Funding for the postdoctoral position comes from the Akademia agreement between the University of Bergen and Statoil, and from the Bergen Research Foundation.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a PhD within human geography or equivalent and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
- Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
- Proficiency in both written and oral English.
Interviews will be used as part of the evaluation process and potential candidates may be invited to hold a trial lecture. Applicants should be aware that written evaluations of each candidate will be made available to all applicants, as per Norwegian regulations. Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department, please see http://www.uib.no/en/geografi .
About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:
The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 3 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.
We can offer:
- A good and professionally challenging working environment.
- Salary at pay grade 57(code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 482 800,- per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).
- Good welfare benefits.
Your application must include:
- A project proposal (5-8 pages) explaining the intended theoretical contributions of the project, as well as the methodological foundations and the plans for empirical data collection.
- A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
- CV including a list of publications
- Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
- Relevant certificates/references.
- Up to five scientific publications
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page (above) marked “Apply for this job”. In cases of scientific work in paper version, this must be sent as ordinary post, sorted in 3 folders, to the University of Bergen, The Faculty of Social Sciences, P.O. Box 7802, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.
The application has to be marked with: 16/1154
The closing date is April 1, 2015
Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated.
We kindly ask the applicants to follow the guidelines for applicants to postdoctoral fellowships positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences closely. The guidelines are obtainable by contacting email@example.com.
Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Researcher and project leader Håvard Haarstad, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone + 47 555 84 581 or Head of Department, Professor Svein Olaf Dahl, e-mail: email@example.com, phone + 47 555 83 065. Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to senior officer Bodil Hægland, phone +47 55 58 90 53, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked
SENIX Conference in Stockholm on June 13-15, 2016 – The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix
Web site: www.delegia.com/senix2016
Group workshop Community of inquiry of the concept of development, organized by Tulsa Jansson, Linköping University, Founder of Swedish Society for Philosophical Practice
SCORAI holds conferences in every other year. 2016 conference is in Orono, ME this June. Here's the information about it.
On behalf of the Program Committee for the 2016 Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) being held at the University of Maine on June 15‒17, 2016, we are pleased to release the first preliminary agenda for the event.
We are also delighted to note that the program includes papers and posters from more than 200 scholars representing 26 countries! Together we will cover a wide range of topics—from sustainable food, alternative economies, and urban transformations to theories of social movements and socio-technical transitions.
We ask that you kindly check the schedule, available on the conference website and please forward this message on to your co-authors (for whom email addresses were not provided during abstract submission). Please inform us, as soon as possible, if corrections are needed or your plans have changed.
Information about travel, accommodation, registration and the post-conference excursion to Acadia National Park is available on the conference website. Early bird registration rates are available until March 15, so please register soon! Registration rates include meals, refreshments and a one year membership to SCORAI.
We have invited several presentations from scholars traveling from developing countries, many of whom receive no financial assistance from their institutions. If you, like us, are interested in participating in an inclusive and diverse conference, please consider adding a small donation to your registration fee to support scholars in need of assistance. You can also contribute via ourcrowdfunding campaign.
Please remember that full papers are due May 1st (instructions for submission forthcoming). SCORAI –sponsored events provide a unique opportunity for deeper engagement by utilizing this format—which enables participants to read others’ work prior to the conference. We strongly encourage you to get your papers in so that your contribution will have maximum impact and our time together can be used most effectively to advance shared learning and collective knowledge.
Please note the pre-conference workshops and “dialog” sessions included in the program. These sessions invite participation in a less formal and more discussion-oriented format. The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and OneEarth have developed the workshop “Identifying Promising Strategies for Advancing Sustainable Consumption in Cities” and Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Peter Wells (Cardiff University) will be moderating a conversation on “The Burdens of Wealth: Impacts of ‘Decadent Consumption’”. We welcome your participation in these events! We have also included, with this email, a call for participation for a dialog session on teaching sustainable consumption (see attachment and note the February 15th deadline).
Finally, we’d like to remind you of SCORAI’s new Early Career Scholar Award. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program or are within four years from the completion of your PhD, you are eligible to submit your paper for consideration. For more information, please visit the conference website.
We very much look forward to what promises to be a wonderful conference! Thank you all very much for your interesting contributions. We look forward to welcoming you to Maine in June and to a fruitful future of collaboration. If you’re not already subscribed, please consider joining the SCORAI listserv for updates, announcements, and sustained interaction with the SCORAI community!
Cindy, Philip & the Conference Organizing Committee
Cindy Isenhour, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Cooperating Faculty, Climate Change Institute and School of Economics
Faculty Associate, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
University of Maine
Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice
directs research at the Energy Trans Lab