The 2017 Energy Impacts Symposium – the first multi-disciplinary, multi-energy conference of its kind – will provide a forum for energy-related social science experts to present, collaborate, and review research from across energy regimes. The two-day conference will bring together researchers to present research findings, exhibit posters, engage in panel discussions, and network, with specific events and opportunities targeting underrepresented groups, new researchers, and students.
We invite participation from sociologists, geographers, political scientists, economists, anthropologists, practitioners, and other interested parties whose work addresses impacts of new energy development for host communities and landscapes.
The pace, scale, and intensity of new energy development around the world demands credible and informed research about potential impacts to human communities that host energy developments. From new electrical transmission lines needed for a growing renewable energy sector to hydraulically fracturing shale for oil and gas, energy development can have broad and diverse impacts on the communities where it occurs. While a fast-growing cadre of researchers has emerged to produce important new research on the social, economic, and behavioral impacts from large-scale energy development for host communities and landscapes, their discoveries are often isolated within disciplinary boundaries.
Through facilitated interactive workshop activities, invited experts and symposium participants will produce a roadmap for future cross-disciplinary research priorities.