April 27, 2022: IRES Special Seminar with Alain Nadaï

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Location: AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

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The political construction of renewable energy resources


The urgent need to prevent the worst effects of climate change and to preserve a habitable earth is widely recognized. The massive shift to non-fossil forms of energy, so-called renewables, confronts us with (new) pulsations of ecosystems (wind speed, solar radiation, ocean currents) and the need to install infrastructure in a myriad of new environments. This changes our relation to energy and the environment, and raises questions of acceptance in many countries.

Prof. Nadaï’s lecture will build on case studies of renewable energy developments in France, and draw from developments in social sciences (science and technology studies, valuation studies) in order to follow the social and technical process by which parts of our environment are constructed as renewable energy resources. He will discuss on this basis the politics and the democratic dimension of energy transitioning.

Prof. Nadaï’s visit will be hosted by Prof. Milind Kandlikar, Director of the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at UBC.

Alain Nadaï

Senior Interdisciplinary Social Scientist at CIRED


Join Prof. Alain Nadaï for a seminar on the politics of transitions to renewable energy in democracies. Prof. Nadaï is a senior interdisciplinary social scientist at CIRED (Centre for International Research on Environment and Development) in France. He is an expert on renewable energy policy and development in France and the EU, and was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN 2011). Prof. Nadaï’s visit to Vancouver is part of the French Scholar Lecture Series, supported by the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.



This seminar is co-sponsored by UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and UBC IRES.