Energy Geography: future projections, possible directions

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Energy and Environment Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 49
Organizers: Thomas Ptak
Chairs: Thomas Ptak


Although energy was not widely studied by geographers until the middle of the twentieth century, since the new millennium energy geography has emerged as a dynamic and rapidly evolving sub-discipline. While there are many interrelated factors shaping the sub-discipline’s evolution, at the forefront is energy’s unassailable and central role in a range of contemporary socio-environmental concerns and challenges. Calvert (2016) positioned energy geography as an academic borderland as it occupies a privileged space between various philosophical and methodological traditions. Borders, however, largely work to demarcate and contain space, delineating lines of control and suggesting spaces which are controlled are also to some degree known. In this sense, we can also conceptualize energy geography as a frontier. Frontiers are often understood by the terms etymological meaning, that which is literally in front. Frontiers, therefore, are often spaces where much is yet to be discovered. Here, energy geography can be seen to represent the future, or even futures and pathways not limited by efforts to solve transformational challenges humans currently face, but spaces reflective of opportunities. In order to illuminate some of these challenges and opportunities, this panel is comprised of established—and emerging—energy geographers who will discuss a range of key issues, technologies and methodologies, while outlining future projections and possible directions of the sub-discipline’s ongoing evolution.

Calvert K. From ‘energy geography’ to ‘energy geographies’: Perspectives on a fertile academic borderland. Progress in Human Geography. 2016;40(1):105-125. doi:10.1177/0309132514566343


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Thomas Ptak University of Idaho 5 8:00 AM
Panelist Jennifer Baka Pennsylvania State University 15 8:05 AM
Panelist Heather Bedi Dickinson College 15 8:20 AM
Panelist Marissa Bell Cornell University 15 8:35 AM
Panelist Trey Murphy University of North Carolina 15 8:50 AM
Discussant Elvin Delgado Central Washington University 10 9:05 AM

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