Renewable energy: social dimensions, key questions, fast transitions

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This panel will examine the social dimensions of the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The need to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is clear. So too are many of the technologies that are needed. What demands more attention are the social dimensions of the transition. If neglected, such social complexities stand to derail a successful transition. Conversely, if embraced, they could help turn a mere shift in infrastructure into a much larger, much needed, positive transformation, as emerging experience is demonstrating. This panel draws together industry leaders from across the renewable energy field in Australia to hear about the social dimensions that most frustrate and excite them, the research questions they most want social scientists to address, and how we can better work together across the academy-industry boundary to drive rapid, positive change.


Michael Anderson (Manager, Sustainability and Carbon, RMIT)
Don Webb (Technical Practice Leader – Renewable Energy and Storage, AECOM)
Nick Aberle (Policy Director, Clean Energy Council)
Jarra Hicks (Director, Community Power Agency)
Nicola Willand (Senior Lecturer, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT).


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