New Paper: ‘Conceptualising Flexibility’

Blue, S. Shove, E. & Forman, P. (2020) “Conceptualising flexibility: Challenging representations of time and society in the energy sector” Time and Society DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463X20905479 Abstract: There is broad agreement that the need to decarbonise and make better use of renewable and more intermittent sources of power will require increased flexibility in energy systems. However, organisationsContinue reading “New Paper: ‘Conceptualising Flexibility’”

Natural Gas: A Misnomer

Natural gas is neither natural, nor is it a single gas. In this post, I describe the origins of these two fictions and how they result in a discursive slight of hand that may have implications for the positioning of natural gas within future low-carbon energy systems. 1. Not Natural? There is very little thatContinue reading “Natural Gas: A Misnomer”

Energetic Gases: A Glossary

This is a working document and is undergoing regular updates and elaborations. The aim is to produce a reference documenting the different gases used within past and present energy systems. ‘Blue Water’ Gas A form of coal gas (see coal gas) that was formed by introducing steam into the manufacturing process. It often had aContinue reading “Energetic Gases: A Glossary”

CfP RGS 2020: On Methods of Thing-Following

On Methods of Thing-Following RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 1st-4th September, 2020 Convenors: Peter Forman (Lancaster University) and Angeliki Balayannis (University of Exeter) ‘Following’ has become a popular methodological practice for human geographers over the last two decades. Early work that followed consumer goods along supply chains (Mintz, 1986; Cook, 2004; Barnett et al., 2005)Continue reading “CfP RGS 2020: On Methods of Thing-Following”

New Chapter: Materiality, New Materialisms

Materiality, New Materialisms Peter J Forman [This is a pre-print version of Forman (2020) ‘Materiality, New Materialisms’ In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Second Edition) Available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/referencework/9780081022962/international-encyclopedia-of-human-geography#book-description%5D Featured Image: A ‘chemical garden’, made from cobalt. Curtesy of Stephane Querbes – http://www.stephanequerbes.com/img_0436/ 1. Materiality Materiality is the quality of being material, orContinue reading “New Chapter: Materiality, New Materialisms”

The Fixity of Flexibility

There is widespread agreement about the importance of flexibility in the energy sector. But what does flexibility mean? In our recent blog post for the CREDS website (https://www.creds.ac.uk/the-fixity-of-flexibility/), Elizabeth Shove and I identify three common interpretations. These include definitions of flexibility as a feature of whole energy systems; as a commodity that figures in energyContinue reading “The Fixity of Flexibility”

CfP – Special Issue – ‘Histories of Flexibility’

Journal of Energy History / Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE) Co-Editors: Peter Forman (Lancaster University) Stanley Blue (Lancaster University) Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University) Description: Over the last five years, flexibility has emerged as a key topic in academic, industry and policy debates concerning the decarbonization of contemporary energy systems (IEA, 2008; Goutte and Vassilopoulos, 2019;Continue reading “CfP – Special Issue – ‘Histories of Flexibility’”

Event: Chemical Kinships – RGS 2019

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Chemical Kinships session at this year’s RGS-IBG annual conference in London, organised by the fantastic Angeliki Balayannis (Brunel University London) and Emma Garnett (King’s College London). Abstract and session outlines follow below. Session Abstract A. Balayannis & E. Garnett A chemical turn is taking place across theContinue reading “Event: Chemical Kinships – RGS 2019”

Event: CfP ‘Thermal Geographies’ RGS-IBG 2019 Annual Conference

There is still time to submit an abstract to our RGS-IBG session on Thermal Geographies! Full details below.   Thermal Geographies: empirical, conceptual and methodological encounters and consolidations.   RGS-IBG 2019 Annual International Conference: London (Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th August 2019). Convenors: Elspeth Oppermann (Technical University Munich), Gordon Walker (Lancaster University) and Peter FormanContinue reading “Event: CfP ‘Thermal Geographies’ RGS-IBG 2019 Annual Conference”

Senior Research Assistant – Lancaster University

As of January 2019, I will be a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, working on the Flexibility theme of a government-funded project for the ‘Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions’ (CREDS). More information on CREDS, its wider work, and the flexibility theme can be found here: https://www.creds.ac.uk/ My role will be to workContinue reading “Senior Research Assistant – Lancaster University”