ESA RN12 mid-term and Energy and Society Network 6th international joint conference

6-8 September 2023  |  University of Trento

The conference calls for critical sociological reflections and empirical social investigations of energy transitions and changing energy systems in contexts of climate and energy emergencies, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution crises. However, the conference moves to recognize that energy systems are connected to or implicated in multiple wider processes of change. These span health and well-being, poverty and oppression, water, food, finance and economics, and many others. This conference addresses energy as interconnected to multiple global crises, and challenges, and will place emphasis on the discussion of recovery, overcoming, metamorphosis and cooperation amid uncertain futures.


The following themes are suggested but by no means exhaustive. We welcome papers that speak to the broader conference theme of energy transitions and crises, as well as those that address energy and the environment as a social issue in other ways.

Suggested themes:

  • Theories, concepts and methods in social science research on energy and the environment
  • Energy governance and policies
  • Energy nexus (e.g. water/food/environment/climate/biodiversity/health)
  • Energy and diverse experiences (e.g. energy behaviours, values and attitudes across gender, race, age)
  • Justice and vulnerability (e.g. energy conflicts; energy poverty)
  • Environmental citizenship and activism
  • Dynamics and patterns of energy consumption and prosumption (including also sufficiency issues)
  • Rural/Urban energy and environmental transitions
  • Communication and education around environmental issues
  • War, energy crises, and implications for the well-being of European societies
  • Knowledge, ignorance, and skepticism
  • Social science facing climate change

Keynote speakers will include

  • Giulio Mattioli
  • Matthias Gross
  • Luigi Pellizzoni
  • Marianne Ryghaug


In thematic sessions each presenter will have around 20 minutes for presentation and discussion with peers.


We also encourage the submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Poster presenters will be given time in a plenary session for a 3 minutes short presentation and posters will be displayed throughout the conference.


Workshops are meant to discuss a specific issue reflecting the conference theme, or the contribution of social analysis to energy/environmental research and policy. The discussion should be based on short inputs, and actively involve participants. Interactive formats are highly encouraged.
As workshop organizer, you are responsible for the inputs, design and moderation of your workshop. In your submission, please indicate the topic of the proposed workshop as well as the planned format and speakers of the workshop.

The conference will mostly be organized face-to-face while providing virtual attendance only for plenary sessions.


  • Call for abstract: November 4, 2022 – February 15, 2023, 11.00 AM CET
  • Selection process: February 15 – March 10, 2023
  • Results of the Selection: March 13-14, 2023
  • Registration/Payment for presenters: March 14 – July 4, 2023
  • Early bird fees: March 14 – July 4, 2023
  • Late fees: July 5 – August 3, 2023

You can submit your abstract through this form.

The following rules must be remembered:

  • Authors cannot present more than one paper (however, one can be co-author of other papers).
  • Abstracts must be submitted inEnglish.
  • Abstracts should be150-200 words long and should include authors, affiliations, and email addresses


·         Early bird fees – March 14 – July 4, 2023

  • ESA member: 100,00 €
  • NON-ESA member: 140,00 €
  • Student / PhD: 50,00 €
  • UniTN enrolled – Scholar working/studying in Ukraine: Exempted

Late fees – July 5 – August 3, 2023

  • ESA member: 150,00 €
  • NON-ESA member: 180,00 €
  • Student / PhD: 75,00 €
  • UniTN enrolled – Scholar working/studying in Ukraine: Exempted
  • The conference will offer a PhD school focusing on methodologies for social research in energy and the environment. The PhD school will be held just before the conference, on the 4th and 5th of September 2023.
  • Scientific Committee
  • Çigdem Adem, Ankara Rivers Study Group (Turkey)
  • Bálint Balázs, Environmental Social Science Research Group (Hungary)
  • Françoise Bartiaux, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Alena Bleicher, Harz University of Applied Science (Germany)
  • Catherine Butler, University of Exeter (UK)
  • José M. Echavarren, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
  • Alice Dal Gobbo, University of Trento (Italy),Local organizer
  • Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and University of Jena (Germany)
  • Ana Horta, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Nikoleta Jones, University of Warwick (UK)
  • Mikael Klintman, Lund University (Sweden)
  • Kris van Koppen, Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Pia Laborgne, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Natalia Magnani, University of Trento (Italy),Local organizer
  • Olha Maksymenko, Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • Sophie Némoz, l’Université de Franche-Comté (France)
  • Peter Oosterveer, Wagningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Michael Ornetzeder, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria)
  • Giorgio Osti, University of Padua (Italy),Local organizer
  • Luísa Schmidt, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Maria Swiatkiewicz-Mosny, Jagellonian University (Poland)
  • Audronė Telešienė, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)
  • Aleksandra Wagner, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

The conference is jointly organized by the European Sociological Association Research Network 12 ‘Environment and Society’ (as a mid-term conference) and by the Energy and Society Network (as its 6th biennial international conference).