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Chair's Farewell & Meet the New Exec Committee!

Updated: Sep 12



All good things come to an end. After three years, it is finally time for me to step down as chair of the Energy Geographies Research Group. It has been an exciting ride - we have achieved a lot in these three years. We have relaunched our website, started a YouTube channel and a LinkedIn group, developed regular cross-research-group webinar series, held annual undergraduate dissertation awards, and launched a new postgraduate writing award. We have also organised mentoring sessions, facilitated skills development seminars, hosted many paper sessions at the RGS-IBG's annual and mid-term conferences, and put on workshops for sharing research findings and approaches. In short, we have become an active and exciting home for geographical energy scholarship.


These events have all been thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers who have worked incredibly hard (on top of full-time jobs) to create supportive and creative spaces for promoting geographical approaches to energy research, sharing and platforming research, and supporting scholars to develop new skills and opportunities. Thanks should go in particular to Rosie Robison, Imogen Rattle, Alice Garvey, Kate Scott, Joe Lawley, Ami Crowther, Pip Winship, Helena Hastie, Jess Britton, Sarah Knuth, Komali Yenneti, Raihana Ferdous, Elspeth Opperman, Yue Guo, Jozsef Kadar, Pascale Blythe, Chang Wang, Josh Lait, Yuan Feng, Kene Onukwube, and Gabriel Bonnamy. You have all been great.


Our next steps look set to be exciting too. A new, larger, and more diverse executive committee for 2023/24 will enable us to establish new events and activities, reach wider audiences, and maintain all of our existing initiatives. More news on on these activities will shortly come from our new chair, Catherine Butler. We do hope to continue to reach beyond epistemic confines though; to create new opportunities for conversation within and beyond the academy, and to find ways to better speak across linguistic and cultural divides. I look forward to participating in these conversations with you.


Peter Forman (Chair 2020 - 2023)




Executive Committee 2023/24

Position

Name

Term Duration

Chair

Dr. Catherine Butler

(Exeter University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2026

Secretary

Dr. Rachel Macrorie

(Sheffield University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2026

Treasurer

Dr. Ami Crowther

(Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2026

Communications Officer (Website)

Joshua Lait

(Exeter University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Communications Officer (Social Media)

Chang Wang

(Fudan University, China)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Communications Officer (Mailing List)

Kene Onukwube

(Solidaridad West Africa, Nigeria)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Awards Co-ordinator (Undergraduate)

Helena Hastie

(Exeter University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Awards Co-ordinator (Postgraduate)

Dr. Jess Britton

(Edinburgh University, UK)

Sept. 2021 - 2024

Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity Officer

Dr. Raihana Ferdous

(Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Sept. 2021 - 2024

Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity Officer

Yue Guo

(Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity Officer

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Early Career Researcher Representative

Dr. Pascale Blythe

(Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Sept. 2021 - 2024

Early Career Researcher Representative

Dr. Kurtulus Deger

(Agricultural and Rural Development Support Institution, Turkey)

Sept. 2023 - 2026

Postgraduate Researcher Representative

Yuan Feng

(Aston University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Postgraduate Researcher Representative

Nivedita Singh

(University of Delhi, India)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Postgraduate Researcher Representative

Leonard Schliesser

(Durham University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Postgraduate Researcher Representative

Katharina Oemmelen

(UCL, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

Postgraduate Researcher Representative

Penlope Yaguma

(Edinburgh University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Laure-Anne Pluhmans

(Centre for Social Innovation, Belgium)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Prof. Rosie Robison

(Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Dr. Peter Forman

(Northumbria University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Dr. Elspeth Oppermann

(National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Dr. Ankit Kumar

(Sheffield University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Dr. Lise Desvallees

(École des Ponts ParisTech, France)

Sept. 2023 - 2024

General Committee Member

Dr. Mengyao Han

(Cambridge University, UK)

Sept. 2023 - 2024




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