Beyond Oil conference

The next Beyond Oil conference will be held in Bergen, Oct 25-27, 2017.

Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The direction that this transformation will take is still highly uncertain. Transformations to societies beyond oil involve deliberate choices that lead to different outcomes with regards to power, justice, inequality and human-nature relations. A task for social scientists is to analyze the structures of inertia and capacities for change in current societies, and highlight the multiple futures that these make possible.

As research moves from studying problems to proposing pathways and solutions, we therefore need to critically interrogate the particular solutions that are proposed and how they relate to the futures we wish to mobilize. As academics, we also need to consider our own role in transformations – whether as catalysts, participants, critics, or knowledge producers. We welcome researchers from a variety of research fields connected to the topics above.


Preliminary program


Keynotes panel: Mobilizing alternative futures of rapid transition

Kevin Anderson and Josefin Wangel

Panel 1: Inertia and Instability of Energy Governance

Panel 2: Thinking Post-Oil: Conceptualizing Alternatives

Panel 3: Politicising Climate and Energy Transformations

Panel 4: Critical Innovation: Methods and Design for Initiating Change

Conference dinner and panel debate at IMPACT HUB: Social innovation for transformation



Plenary session, Keynote: Ranjit Bharvikar

Panel 5: Just transformations? The Role of Resistance and Community Mobilization

Panel 6: Capacities for Change: Understanding Citizens and Local Contexts

Plenary session. Keynote: Miranda Schreurs

Panel 7: Potential and Constraints in Energy System Innovation

Panel 8: Pathways to Energy Transition


We are planning an open/public program on Friday Oct 27 – stay tuned.

See the detailed program here.


Other information

Dates and venue

Oct 25–27, 2017 in Bergen, Norway

Litteraturhuset in Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7



For accommodation, there are a number of nearby hotels. For example Scandic Byparken, Hotel Park and Grand Terminus. There are also budget options in Bergen, like P-Hotels or Marken Guesthouse.