The expansion of new frontiers for renewable energy: effects, conflicts & alternatives for populations in spaces of socio-environmental vulnerability
Under the Newton Fund Researcher Links Scheme (British Council with the Research Support Foundation of the State of Goiás, FAPEG) the University of Strathclyde and the Federal University of Goiás will be holding a workshop on “The expansion of new frontiers for renewable energy: effects, conflicts and alternatives for populations in spaces socio-environmental vulnerability”.
The workshop is being coordinated by Paul Stewart, Brian Garvey and Kendra Briken at the University of Strathclyde Business School and Marcelo Mendonça and Adriano Rodriguez Oliveira at the Institute of Socio-Environmental Studies, Federal University of Goiás. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from across academic disciplines in the UK to apply to attend this workshop. Researchers from Brazil and Latin America will be invited to apply directly to the Federal University of Goiás. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme.
Workshop theme and objectives
The large scale production of renewable, or ‘sustainable’ energy forms (solar, wind, hydropower and biomass) is too often treated uncritically as a positive response to climate change with automatic benefits for (rural) economic development. Situated in a region of intense 21st century hydro and agro-energy expansion and consequent social conflicts over access to land, water, food and work, this workshop aims to bring together research across the geographical, technological and socio-political frontiers of new energy forms in order to analyse the social and environmental effects of this process and explore the potentials for, and practices of, socially committed alternatives.
The workshop will, therefore:
- develop understanding of the conflicts arising from the appropriation of land, water and energy for large scale, corporate renewable energy interests;
- identify alternatives being explored by a researchers, labour associations, cooperatives, traditional communities, in order to sustain local communities in-situ, conceptualised here as Re-existence;
- propose new possibilities for applied research alongside populations facing situations of social, economic and environmental vulnerability to enable permanence in productive regions and enhance socio-economic futures.
Submissions are encouraged from all those who have a critical interest in exploring solutions to these research themes, that are attentive to power inequalities in ‘traditional’ technological investment, development and application and who are keen to develop new avenues of collaboration between the UK and Brazil towards sustained and qualified intervention at a community scale.