San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Concerns over climate change and declining availability of cheap energy have pushed energy security to the top of policy agendas. In grassroots movements such as the Transition Network, Low Carbon Communities Network, and others, communities are in increasing numbers taking control over both the production of energy and the ways it is used. This has generated high levels of academic interest, fueled by funding streams such as the RCUK Energy and Communities programme. However, research agendas remain controlled by academics, their interests, and those of their funders, not by communities, and the practical benefits of research for community action are undemonstrated.
Transition Research Network supports and facilitates mutually beneficial interactions between community groups and academic researchers. At our third open meeting, organised in partnership with the Energy Security in a Multipolar World Research Cluster, we will explore how research on energy security looks when led by community interests. Using a range of inclusive, participatory methodologies, we will explore the challenges facing community energy initiatives and the contributions academics can make to overcoming these, and set up new collaborations to act on these.
Community activists, researchers, intermediaries, decision-makers and anyone else with an active interest in community energy are all welcome to attend. Attendance is free and by registration only. Reasonable travel and other expenses can be covered for participants from community groups or without access to institutional support. This includes standard class train travel and one nights accomodation (up to £125).
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Transition Research Network
An informal group of researchers and activists connected with the Transition movement and interested in research collaborations that can help develop ideas and practice on community-led action towards fossil fuel independence.
For more information see http://www.transitionreseachnetwork.org