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SPS Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Society co-chairs the Energy Research & Social Science conference



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Dr Kirsten Jenkins from Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) co-chaired the recent International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science. The conference - the ‘premier global forum for exploring the nexus of energy and society’ - hosted discussions from world-leading experts about tackling the climate crisis.

The conference explored issues of conceptual, methodological and policy concern at the intersection of energy, society and low-carbon futures. It featured discussions by presenters from all continents covering all aspects of energy from production to consumption, with topics including energy poverty, the role of gender and just transitions.

The aim was to examine both theory and practice, focusing on tangible steps to confront the climate crisis.

The conference also featured five world-renowned keynote speakers including SPS’s Professor Janette Webb.

Kirsten said: “After several years of planning and disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was an enormous pleasure to finally meet in Manchester for such vibrant, state-of-the-art discussions. Now, more than ever, it is clear that sustainable energy provision and use is a central and pressing challenge, and I am greatly encouraged by the breadth, depth and richness of energy social sciences insights presented at the conference, all of which will help direct a just, socially accepted energy future”.

You can find Kirsten on Twitter @jenk2021 or for more information on the conference visit Energy and Climate Transformations: 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science (