Research Projects & Awards

Intersecting Energy Cultures: Transdisciplinary community collaborations for just transitions

Rebecca Macklin.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, English Literature, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

This funding will support in facilitating a two-day, hybrid workshop being held at the University of Pennsylvania and co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh in November 2022. This gathering will be the inaugural event in the activities of a two-year international and transdisciplinary working group, led by Dr Rebecca Macklin (Edinburgh) and Prof Bethany Wiggin (Pennsylvania).

The Intersecting Energy Cultures project ( will bring together researchers working with community-based partners in global sites on projects relating to the overlapping workings of energy industries. Over a two-year lifespan, they seek to develop new interdisciplinary methods for co-producing knowledge with local communities impacted by energy production. The project addresses the need to include local and indigenous community knowledge in the global transition away from fossil fuels, seeking to develop new ways to facilitate the inclusion of local perspectives into academic and policy energy forums. The working group will run for a two-year period, hosting regular online meetings; producing a set of open access outputs; and a final, in-person event in Edinburgh in 2024.

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