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The Sustainability Transformation Group

Watch a film about our members and the exciting research we do!

The Sustainability Transformation group conducts research on the governance of energy transitions, broadly construed, at a variety of scales and across a range of contexts globally. Based across the University of Stavanger and University of Bergen, we are a dynamic set of environmental social scientists dedicated to generating conceptual advances, analytical insights and policy impact to enable a sustainability transformation. Learn about some of our exciting research and meet a few of our members, then please feel free to get in touch!

Coordinator: Siddharth Sareen (siddharth.sareen@uis.no)

Film credits: Jørgen Hansen (direction and videography), Siddharth Sareen (scripting and production)

Think solar, act local!

Bérénice Girard and Siddharth Sareen, in collaboration with comic artist Leo Ribeiro, with technical editing and riso printing by Benjamin Hickethier, and thematic inputs from Mehdi Torkaman, have scripted and co-produced a solarpunk zine entitled ‘Think solar, act local’!

This zine, riso printed at &soWalter (usw.) at the local art collective Consulatet in Stavanger in 100+ beautiful copies, stems from a workshop led by Bérénice in November 2022. The workshop took place thanks to a Green Transitions grant from the Greenhouse Centre for Environmental Humanities at the University of Stavanger, and drawing from collaboration on the Accountable Solar Energy TransitionS (ASSET) and Sun4All projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and the European Commission (Horizon 2020) respectively.

A special issue for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition, on the workshop theme of governing renewable energy rollouts in financially constrained contexts, is in progress during 2023, co-edited by Bérénice Girard, Shayan Shokrgozar, and Siddharth Sareen.

The solarpunk zine is available open access online. Download your copy below!

Cognate aspects for accountable solar transitions

Meet the Sustainability Transformation research group at the SDG Conference 2023 at the University of Bergen! Our session on Day Zero takes up a central theme of the Research Council of Norway funded ASSET project on Accountable Solar Energy TransitionS!

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/YUd4mmRiUnZy4cFF9

Workshop organisers: Siddharth Sareen (UiB & UiS) and Shayan Shokrgozar (UiB)

Installed solar energy capacity is accelerating at blinding speed, making it the quickest-growing energy source worldwide. Yet to succeed in displacing fossil fuels—rather than adding to them—solar sources require cognate aspects of our energy system to support their integration, alongside a commitment to reducing energy use.

Cognate aspects include energy flexibility technologies such as electronic storage (batteries), thermal storage (molten salts), mechanical storage (reverse hydro-pumping) and energy conversion (green hydrogen); sustainable land use models such as agrivoltaics (combining food and energy production), building-integrated photovoltaics (including in positive energy districts) and energy communities (including aggregation and virtual prosumption); sectoral coupling such as through transport electrification and smart grids; and proactive regulatory measures to ensure that the benefits and burdens associated with rapid solar rollouts are distributed equitably to avoid the reproduction of historical injustices.

Importantly, considerations for reduction include the advancement of institutions and movements that ensure wellbeing without elitist-consumerist growth

In this interactive workshop run in hybrid mode, we share key findings and feature eminent invited speaker Zoi Siamanta. Then we offer some case details for our traditional hands-on live action role playing (LARPing) activity, where audience members work in groups to represent a stakeholder on stage. Shine on!

Relevant for: 
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy 
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 
SDG 13: Climate Action 
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Student-led conference: Crossroads and Transitions, 05.12.2022

The Sustainability Transformation programme area at the Faculty of Social Sciences is proud to sponsor a first-of-its-kind student-led conference at the University of Stavanger! Organised by the Master in Energy, Environment and Society Student Association (MEES Linjeforening), the conference is entitled Crossroads and Transitions, and runs all of 05.12.2022 at the popular local venue Folken in downtown Stavanger. Register here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=0hOi-GyPDUCedE6LR1MWxjzreBJqY0xKnkpxdQ0qiDhUQkJKMUcxTkVHRUE0NFZKOE1ZUzVJQTNXUi4u

Climate Change as Class War – book seminar with Matthew Huber

Climate Change as Class War

The Sustainability Transformation programme area at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger welcomes you to a public event with renowned scholar Matthew Huber on the occasion of his visit to Stavanger for a book seminar.

Time and date: 10:15-11:45, Monday, 7 November 2022

Venue: Elise Ottesen-Jensens Hus 376, University of Stavanger campus

There is a consensus that climate change is a problem of inequality. Reams of research show how the richest contribute more emissions than the poor. Yet, this methodology rooted in carbon footprint analysis of consumption and lifestyle deploys a limited class analysis based simply on one’s income and consuming power. In this talk, I argue for a Marxist class analysis of climate change rooted in one’s relationship to material production. From this standpoint, the climate crisis is not primarily a problem of ‘believing science’ or individual ‘carbon footprints’—it is a problem rooted in who owns, controls and profits from production. From this basis, I review the class formation currently driving, and not delivering climate policy (the professional class), and the class with the social potential to win transformative climate action (the working class).

Matt Huber is Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University. His work focuses on the relationships between energy, capitalism, and the politics of climate change. His is the author of Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Climate (2022, Verso Books). He is a regular contributor to Jacobin Magazine.

Invitasjon til workshop om omstilling i bytransport

Tilmelding for Bergen 28.10 eller Stavanger 11.11: https://forms.gle/XzYz21si5JppRDcPA

På vegne av forskningsprosjektet ROLES vil vi gjerne invitere deg til en workshop om omstilling i bytransport. Som en viktig aktør i utformingen av denne omstillingen, vil vi gjerne høre dine synspunkter og ha deg med i diskusjonen. Målet vårt er at diskusjonene skal ha nytte for deltakerne for å bidra til en mer sosialt inkluderende transportsektor. 

Workshopen er del av prosjektet Responsive Organising for Low Emission Societies (ROLES), finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd og JPI Climate. Med verkstedet ønsker vi å tilby medarbeidere i diverse organisasjoner tilknyttet bytransport en mulighet til å drøfte våre funn. Forskningsresultatene våre er baserte på feltarbeid og intervjuer fokusert på omstilling av bytransport i Bergen og Stavanger. 

Metoden vi bruker i ROLES-prosjektet handler om refleksive samtaler på tvers av erfaringer og interessegrupper. Med andre ord, alle er velkomne. På verkstedet vil dere oppleve Power Cube metoden, utviklet i Storbritannia. Det kan være et nyttig verktøy å bruke til andre formål og ikke minst for å få i gang konstruktiv dialog med andre aktører utover tradisjonelle linjer. Vi fortsetter med prosessen til høsten, og håper å få med oss noen av de samme deltakerne videre.

Arrangementene finner sted på:

Litteraturhuset i Bergen, 28. oktober, 9.00-12.30

Scandic Royal Stavanger Hotel i Stavanger, 11. november, 9.00-12.30

Forskerne bak dette prosjektet er tilknyttet Universitetet i Stavanger og Universitetet i Bergen. Vi er opptatt av digitalisering av transportsektoren for å gjøre den elektrisk og redusere karbonutslipp. Flere av studiene er publisert i fagtidsskrifter, se for eksempel her om: bilfrie sonerutrulling av elsparkesyklerdigitalisering og sosial inkluderingrettferdig transportomstilling, sårbarhet for transportenergikostnader m.fl.

Workshop agenda

9.00-9.15 Kaffe og croissant

9.15-9.45 Inspirerende samtale om maktens rolle i omstillingen

9.45-10.00 Tour de table – erfaring med bruk av kollektivtransport

                        – hindringer for bruk av kollektivtransport

10.00-10.30 Øvelse 1 – å bringe folk nærmere hverandre

– infrastruktur må forbinde, ikke skille oss!

– gruppearbeid om maktdynamikk i transportomstilling 

10.30-10.45 Debrief i plenum

10.45-11.00 Kaffe og kake

11.00-11.30 Øvelse 2 – systemiske løsninger

                        – plattformintegrasjon på tvers av mange operatører

                        – gruppearbeid om sosial inkludering i transportdigitalisering

11.30-11.45 Debrief i plenum

11.45-12.00 Diskusjon i plenum om hva som trengs for fremtidig bymobilitet

                        – profitt kontra tilgang til friluftsliv, eller?

12.00-12.30 Lunsj og mingling

Svar innen 14.10 her: https://forms.gle/XzYz21si5JppRDcPA

Kjenner du noen som kunne vært interessert i å delta? Spre gjerne ordet og lenken!

Med vennlig hilsen,

ROLES prosjektgruppe, Universitetet i Bergen og Universitetet i Stavanger (Håvard Haarstad, Helene Tråsavik, Katrina King, Morten Loe og Siddharth Sareen)