NEWS and articles

What's your energy story?

Derek Gladwin

December 21, 2020

As our society transitions to new forms of energy, our social and cultural stories will also change. Derek Gladwin explores how the energy humanities provide a useful framework for understanding and speaking about our individual and collective energy stories.

Read article
Researchers work with high school students from 18 countries to address energy futures

Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard

December 10, 2020

Despite a recent surge in youth climate activism around the world, climate-related topics remain marginal in formal education in many countries. A team of researchers created the International Youth Deliberation on Energy Futures to fill the gap. Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard explain what they were up to, and how the students responded.

Read article
Ships moved more than 11 billion tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it’s killing the climate.

Christiaan De Beukelaer

December 3, 2020

The shipping of goods around the world keeps economies going. But it comes at an enormous environmental cost – producing more CO₂ than the aviation industry. This problem should be getting urgent international attention and action, but, as Christiaan De Beukelaer explains, it’s not.

Read article
What Louisiana’s Election Results Say About Fossil Fuels’ Future in the U.S. South

Casey Williams

November 25, 2020

In the recent U.S. elections, Louisianians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and against subsizing polluting industries. Casey Williams explains how to understand this result and what it could mean for the future of fossil fuels.

Read article
COVID-19, Electric Cars, and the Life-Sized City

Caleb Wellum

November 13, 2020

COVID-19 may be fueling flight from urban density that will undercut a green recovery. Caleb Wellum questions technocentric approaches to green recovery and explores the TVO series "The Life-Sized City" as a resource for thinking about how to renew city life.

Read article
Greening Canada?: Energy and Climate Policy in the 2020 Throne Speech

Imre Szeman

October 23, 2020

The Liberal government's recent Throne Speech made grand environmental policy pronouncements. Imre Szeman finds fault with the Liberal's haphazard approach and questions their continued commitment to resource extraction.

Read article
Energy Humanities

Casey Williams

October 6, 2020

Casey Williams provides a definition and overview of the Energy Humanities. It is a field of studies that attends to the ways energy resources, systems, and use patterns shape the material, social, and cultural conditions of modern life. Understanding what it means to live in a fossil-fueled world—at a moment when planetary warming compels a transition away from fossil energy—is its chief task. What new habits, values, desires, and forms of life and art might obtain in a world “after oil”?

Read article
Making and Meeting Online

Anne Pasek, Caleb Wellum, and Emily Roehl

October 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded thousands of would-be travellers and forced the organizers of large conferences to rethink how to share knowledge and build professional networks. Energy Humanities researchers Anne Pasek, Emily Roehl, and Caleb Wellum argue that this turn of events is an opportunity to create more sustainable and equitable forms of knowledge exchange. In this white paper, they offer practical advice for conference organizers looking to experiment with low carbon e-conferencing.

Read article
Welcome to Energy Humanities

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum

October 6, 2020

Developed by the Transitions in Energy, Culture, and Society (TECS) project and the Petrocultures Research Group, energy humanities will feature commentary on current developments in energy and the environment, announcements and news items, and video interviews with influential and emerging voices on energy & society. This site will act as a gathering place for the exciting insights the humanities provide about the social nature of our environmental crises.

Read article