Call for papers: Urban energy in the Global South

Deadline: 6 February 2017 - 5:00pm

Dates: 29 - 1 September 2017


Where: Royal Geographical Society, London

Conveners: Jon Phillips ([email protected]) and Federico Caprotti ([email protected])

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, to take place in London, 29 August – 1 September 2017, invites practitioners and scholars of urban development in the Global South to present research that explores the interface between urban studies and energy geographies. Many local authorities in the South are making concerted efforts to reconfigure socio-technical systems of energy at the municipal scale with important implications for power, justice and equality in the post-colonial city. In this context, the de-carbonisation of energy systems implies broad societal change that will be shaped by historical relations of energy production and consumption that are both global and local and in nature.

Changes in the social, technical, cultural and political systems of energy will entail both changes and continuities in the organisation of power. The session will present papers that seek to account for the urban scale in the ways that energy systems reproduce political power and generate uneven political effects. We invite both theoretical and empirical contributions that might include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualising urban energy in the South
  • Conceptual approaches to municipal energy governance
  • Urban energy infrastructures and practices
  • Materialities of urban energy
  • Integration of energy and urban planning
  • Urban energy service provision
  • Formality and informality
  • Co-production of urban energy policy
  • International initiatives such as The New Urban Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals or Sustainable Energy for All.
  • Political and infrastructural decentralisation
  • Urban energy experiments
  • Energy inequality, justice and democratisation

To be considered for the session please submit a title, author details, and an abstract of up to 250 words to both Jon Phillips ([email protected]) and Federico Caprotti ([email protected]) by 5pm, Monday 6th February 2017.

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