A research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Energy Geographies Research Group Career Event
In early December, postgraduate and early career researchers from the energy geography community were given an exciting opportunity to attend a career event co-sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society’s Energy Geographies Research Group and UKERC. During this two-day event, participants heard from leading energy geography experts on a number of themes, ranging from understanding the requirements of a research or teaching career in UK higher education to gaining insights into non-academic careers across Government and third sector bodies.
On day 1, Dr Stewart Barr kicked of proceedings by making a compelling case as to why energy studies matter. Stewart discussed emerging intellectual and impact agendas in energy geography before introducing us to some of the key pedagogies of the sub-discipline. The participants were then given an opportunity to showcase their own research and get feedback from the group. Professor Gavin Bridge then shared his experiences from being an editor for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Geoforum. Day 1 ended with a discussion around teaching, where the panel talked about their good (and bad) experiences, and offered their ‘top tips’ to teaching energy geographies.
Day two focused on both career opportunities beyond academia and fostering links between academic and non-academic research partners. Our keynote speakers included Adam Cooper, former Head of Social Science Engagement in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and now lecturer at UCL and Helen Stockton, Senior Research & Policy Officer at National Energy Action. Both described their varied career paths and demonstrated that academia isn’t the only interesting and rewarding route for early career energy geographers!
The workshop ended with a lively careers world café where participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with all the panellists. To hear what two of our participants thought of the workshop, click here.
The EnGRG committee would like to thank all the participants for their valuable and stimulating contribution, and UKERC for kindly sponsoring the event.