The Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) is a volunteer organisation that works to support research and teaching on the spatial dimensions of energy issues. The EnGRG began life in 2011 as a Royal-Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) 'Limited Life Working Group' and it received full research group status in March 2015.
The group initially formed in response to the growing academic interest in the social 'challenges' connected to global energy issues during the early 2010s. A key focus was on addressing the weak conceptualizations of space and place that had characterized much of the existing energy policy and scholarship available at that time.
Since 2011, geographical scholarship on energy issues has burgeoned to the point that it has become a major sub-field within Human Geography. This sub-field is far from coherent, meaning that there is no such thing as a singular 'energy geography'. Instead, this sub-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.