The EnGRG began life in 2011 as a Limited Life Working Group of the RGS-IBG. It received full research group status in March 2015.
The group initially formed in the early 2010s in response to growing academic interest in the social 'challenges' connected to global energy issues. An early focus was on addressing weak conceptualizations of space and place that had characterized much of the existing energy policy and scholarship available at that time.
Since 2011, geographical research on energy issues has expanded to become a significant sub-field within Human Geography. However, this work is far from coherent in focus, meaning that there is no such thing as a singular 'energy geography'. Instead, this field consists of a diverse collective of researchers and texts that all share concerns for the ways in which space and energy affect one another.
The EnGRG represents the interests of this collective of researchers. Today, as in 2011, our main aims are to encourage the study of energy issues through a concerted attention to space, and to facilitate the exploration of the importance of energy issues within geography; a discipline that is committed to understanding society-environment relations.