The Energy Geographies Research Group was established in March 2015 after the Research and Higher Education Committee of the RGS-IBG approved the transition from a Limited Life Working Group (EGWG) to a full research group.
The initial formation of the group in 2011 reflected increasing interest in the social ‘challenges’ that energy issues present in both the global North and South, the centrality of these issues for a discipline committed to understanding society-environment relations, and the distinctiveness of the contemporary energy agenda.
In particular, the group wanted to address a key criticism of many ‘energy’ scenarios and plans for low carbon transitions, where there is often a weak conceptualisation of place, despite energy transitions, security, infrastructure, and governance amongst others, being fundamentally spatial and scalar concerns.
Since the inception of the EGWG, there has been a further proliferation of energy research involving geographers and core geographical concepts. As such, our objectives are to facilitate more research and teaching on energy within geography, to help ensure the contribution of energy geographies to teaching, research, and society more generally, is recognised and finally, to assist energy geographers, across both human and physical geography, to connect with peers and colleagues both within and outside of academia.