Beyond Oil is an interdisciplinary conference organized every two years by the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at the University of Bergen. The focus of the conference lies on the changes it takes to achieve low and zero-carbon pathways.
Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. However, current rates of change are well below what is necessary to limit global warming to two degrees or less. Low and zero-carbon pathways will require systematic changes in economies, polities and societies. This will affect areas of the world and portions of populations unevenly. Furthermore, existing inequalities hinder capacity for urgent change. Sustainable transformation must thus simultaneously address the geophysical and socioeconomic challenges of the early 21st Century.
The conference will include the following key topics:
- Rapid and deep transformations: How do socioeconomic, political, cultural, and economic factors drive ongoing processes of change? What are the implications of equity and justice for transformations?
- Resistance and counterforces: How can we better understand opposition by those who will be adversely affected by transformation and what mechanisms can mitigate opposition?
- Academic engagement: What types of knowledge and education are needed to mitigate climate change? How can we find new ways of making our research relevant?
Deadline first call: 31.05.2019
Deadline second call: 15.08.2019