I’m pleased to advertise a postdoctoral fellowship in human geography and energy transitions governance: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/204759/postdoctoral-fellow-in-human-geography-and-energy-transitions-governance
The three-year position (deadline 25th May) is available at the Department of Media and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger, starting 1st July or at the earliest possible thereafter. A postdoc in Norway corresponds to assistant professorships in most countries. The objective of the position is to strengthen research and give the successful applicant a basis for qualification toward top academic positions. The work is well remunerated.
This particular position includes limited teaching on courses related to governing energy transitions on our popular Master programme in Energy, Environment and Society. The postdoc will be affiliated with projects funded by the Research Council of Norway (Accountable Solar Energy TransitionS – ASSET) and the European Commission (Eurosolar for all: Energy communities for a fair energy transition in Europe – Sun4All) in collaboration with me (Siddharth Sareen). Both projects entail research on the governance of multi-scalar solar energy transitions, with focus on the urban scale. ASSET focuses on solar projects in Lisbon, Portugal, and Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, while Sun4All includes cases in several European cities.
The conceptual point of departure for the candidate’s contribution to larger projects is that the failure to rapidly cut emissions despite impending climate breakdown is undermining the legitimacy of the institutions that govern multi-scalar energy transitions. Governance scholars have focused on structural aspects of global and national governance, but neglected (i) informal contestation and power dynamics in sustainability transitions, and (ii) the sub-national scales where regional and local politics and priorities determine the political economy of low-carbon energy transitions. The candidate will aim to produce insights that can support the just, accountable governance of multi-scalar energy transitions in financially constrained contexts. Their work will advance research at the intersection of accountability and energy transitions, using cases of rapid solar energy rollout to generate insights on energy governance and inform policies for accountable solar energy transitions.
The position affords reasonable flexibility to pursue synergistic interests related to governing energy transitions, as part of an active, growing research environment. The research proposal does not need to include details of these aspects, which will be discussed in greater detail with the supervisor after appointment, but should put forward a plan of research, within which clear thematic relevance to governing solar energy transitions will be an advantage.