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”

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: 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”

New Paper: Security & the Subsurface – Geopolitics

This paper critically examines the ways in which the securing of the UK’s natural gas flows requires complex visualisation practices through which the subterranean movements of natural gas and its dynamic, transforming infrastructures are rendered visible and actionable. Instead of seeing energy infrastructures as rigid and more or less obstinate to change (a tendency withinContinue reading “New Paper: Security & the Subsurface – Geopolitics”

New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities

Our paper on experiencing the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi Bay (Chile) is now out. It is a collaboration between fellow materialist scholars, Manual Tironi, Myra Hird, Christian Simonetti, and Nate Freiburger. You can access the full article by following the link below. https://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article/10/1/187/134706/Inorganic-BecomingsSituating-the-Anthropocene-in Abstract In this choral essay we, an assorted group of academics interested inContinue reading “New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities”

New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities

I’m pleased to announce that my first single-authored paper has been published. It forms part of a special issue edited by Matthias Leese and Stef Wittendorp, entitled ‘Old Securities, New Mobilities’. In it, I draw attention to the opportunities that mobilities approaches can offer for studying security beyond the circulatory ‘nodes’ in which its’ analysisContinue reading “New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities”

Guest Blog: Hard to Follow Things – Natural Gas

@Followthethings has just published my post on the methodological challenges of following natural gas. You can check it out here:  https://followtheblog.org/2017/08/21/guest-post-hard-to-follow-things-natural-gas-by-peter-forman/ While you are at it, why not also check out Ian and his students’ work on their other website, http://www.followthethings.com?