A major driver of climate change is a societal reliance on fossil fuel (coal, oil and gas) based energy systems. One of the critical tasks for addressing climate change is to re-evaluate and re-imagine our energy systems. However, work on climate change and energy futures has been done primarily by engineers and economists. This has produced a range of engineering-economic models, but these tend to neglect the social and political forces that support or constrain various energy futures, as well as various dimensions of social power and inequality. Through the engagement of a wide range of sociological perspectives, this session will generate new theoretical and substantive insight into the connections between climate change, energy systems and social futures.
Organizers: Mark CJ Stoddart, Memorial University, John McLevey, University of Waterloo