We invited more than 20 students and young researchers from different disciplines to Kathmandu, Nepal and took a deep dive into the methods and concepts of transdisciplinary research. Here, participants share their experinces.
While energy transitions are recognized as being strongly related to societal change, academic and political discussions focus mainly on the technological and economic aspects. The Energy & Society Conference explicitly emphasizes the transformations of societal structures, which are fundamental components of transitions towards sustainable energy systems. The conference brings together academics who are working in the field of energy transitions. These transitions may be in a number of different contexts, but the common denominator is in the implied societal transformations, e.g. in terms of habits, lifestyles, social structures and norms.
The topic of the conference is in line with WISIONS’ perspective of decentralized energy options in developing regions. WISIONS staff will have the opportunity to share and discuss insights, relevant questions and options in order to improve our understanding of energy transitions at household level in developing countries.