7 February 2017: Scenarios of Climate Change: Energy Futures and Urban Humans

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In a new series of of events, the Scenarios of Climate Change research network at the University of Sheffield is exploring how society understands and imagines climate-changed futures. Scenarios are a common method for getting a better grip on the future. Many strands of climate research and action deal with uncertain futures through recourse to scenarios. These include the predictive modelling used by foresight industries, disaster management and climate risk insurance as well as the contingency planning and adaptation projects for urban resilience. The processes and public communications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also rely heavily on scenarios.

The project intends to test the ways in which integrating more culturally rooted approaches into the creation and deliberation of climate change scenarios can help to fill important gaps in research, policy and public conversations about uncertain futures. The Scenarios Network aims to produce a broad picture of how scenarios are used in the discussion of climate change, but also to examine how and why a range of disciplines use scenarios differently

Tuesday 7 February 2017: Energy Futures and Urban Humans

11am-4.30pm: Seminar

Room 13.18/19, Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, Sheffield

The Scenarios of Climate Change research network will hold three seminars in 2017. The first, on 7 February 2017, Energy Futures and Urban Humans will focus on urban transformations and energy system changes. We will be exploring the use of scenarios in thinking about climate-changed futures from different perspectives. The seminar will ask: what is it to live in an age described as urban and an epoch named after humans. The anthropocene thesis warns of a future where human impacts on earth systems could be even more significant than today. What are the central societal, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities now and in an uncertain future, and how might we respond?

If you would like to take part in this or future seminars please contact Renata Tyszczuk, r.tyszczuk@sheffield.ac.uk.

5pm-6.30pm: Public lecture

Room 13.18/19, Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, Sheffield

‘Fire Play, Fire Power: Thinking Energy Futures through 10,000 Years of Urban Combustion’
– Nigel Clark, Lancaster University

‘A Short History of Energy Scenarios’
Stephen Peake, The Open University

Nigel Clark is Chair of Social Sustainability at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. He is the author of Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet (2011) and co-editor of Atlas (2012), Material Geographies (2008) and Extending Hospitality (2009). He is currently editing (with Kathryn Yusoff) a special issue of Theory, Culture & Society on `Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene’ and working on a book (with Bron Szerszynski) entitled Anthropocene and Society.

Stephen Peake is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technologies at the Open University. As well as an enthusiastic teacher and media communicator, Dr. Peake is a professional consultant, facilitator and media advisor. He is a Faculty member of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership’s Climate Leadership Programme. From 1995-2000, Stephen served as international civil servant at the International Energy Agency at the OECD in Paris and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based in Bonn, Germany.

7.30pm-9.30pm: In Public Conversations

Blue Moon Café, 2 St James Row, Sheffield

Future Economies’
– Zoë Svendsen in conversation with Professor Doina Petrescu, School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield

Climate Change Artist in Residence Zoë Svendsen interviews a series of experts to explore the question: what kind of future economic structure might transform our relations to the environment and to one another?’ Each evening will begin with a structured interview, and evolve into a conversation. Zoë will invite each expert to envisage a future scenario in response to the questions:

  • What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?
  • What would it be like to live in this future system?

The Scenarios of Climate Change research network is supported by the GO Fund at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. It is a collaboration between the School of Architecture and the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield, and the Culture and Climate Change initiative of the Mediating Change group, OpenSpace Research Centre, The Open University.

Climate Change in Residence is a networked arts residency project by Culture and Climate Change, supported by the University of Sheffield, The Open University, The Ashden Trust and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The Scenarios project outputs including podcasts of the seminars and a publication will be available online on the Culture and Climate Change website: www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk.

For further details please contact Renata Tyszczuk, r.tyszczuk@sheffield.ac.uk