About us


"[G]eographical approaches to energy are best conceived as an academic borderland.

...the strength of energy geographers is their lack of ties to some common doctrine or particular mode of inquiry, which brings the flexibility required to contribute to multi-disciplinary research projects"

Kirby Calvert (2015)

What is the EnGRG?

The Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) is a volunteer-led organisation that supports research and teaching on the spatial dimensions of energy issues. We are a research group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

We promote the study of energy's geographical dimensions, asserting the importance of geographical ideas and concepts for coming to terms with energy issues.


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.


We work to achieve this in four ways:



Working across and beyond geography to facilitate geographical energy research 


Supporting the teaching of energy geographies at all education levels


Publicising research on the geographies of energy and energy issues


Supporting the work of postgraduates and early career researchers (ECRs)