Report from Summer school “Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies”, 13 – 24 July 2015, Durham University

by Mustafa Hasanov

Our self-organizing PhD student Mustafa Hasanov recently returned from an international summer school hosted by the Durham Energy Institute and Department of Geography at Durham University. Here is what he reports for SELFCITY blog.

“Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies” was short, engaging and interesting course, which raised some critical issues addressing the interconnection between energy and society. The summer school provided an in-depth overview of the interconnections between energy and society. The two week program focused on critical social perspectives on issues of energy transition and energy governance in contemporary and emerging societies. The program included seminar and workshop sessions, guest lectures with multi-disciplinary character, film screenings, various fieldtrips and site visits. Some of the main themes of the summer school were:


by Mustafa Hasanov

SELFCITY, not to be mistaken with selfiecity, is a transnational collaborative research project investigating the role of self-organised civic initiatives and Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change supported by JPI Climate. The project has particular focus on socio-spatial transformation in urban areas, and more specifically investigating the processes of self-organisation that underpin community-led project-based responses to climate change. What does this mean in simple language?

It means that the project will be not about reinventing the wheel of self-organisation but the project will look behind the curtains of what is framed as “self-organisation” in practise. We want to ask questions such as how can we learn from such self-organised experiences?, who benefits and who loses from self-organisation?, and what does self-organisation mean to policy makers and societal partners at large?