Workshop ‘Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in Russia: policies, discourses and narratives’

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Call for participants
July 31, 2018

Nottingham Trent University and the Altai State University are pleased to announce a call for early career researchers (ECRs) to participate in a three-day workshop supported by a British Council Researcher Links grant. The workshop ‘Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in Russia: policies, discourses and narratives will be held in Nottingham from 28th to 30th November, 2018. 

Russia’s extensive domestic use of fossil fuels and economic over-reliance on their export have led to severe environmental degradation in locations of fossil fuel production and have contributed to global pollution levels. In fact, Russia is the fifth largest GHG-emitter in the world. At the same time, since the mid-1970s, the average temperature in Russia has been increasing two times faster than the global average (Roshydromet 2014). Russia’s economy loses 60 billion rubles each year because of extreme weather events, and climate change in recent years has increased this amount by 6% per year (Roshydromet 2012). Economic vulnerability due to environmental degradation and energy inefficiency has become a particularly acute problem as Russia struggles with an economic recession. Considering the these problems, this workshop aims to stimulate an intellectual debate between Russian and UK academics which will critically assess and subsequently enhance Russia’s sustainability practices in the energy sector and its climate change policy.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and also networking. During the workshop, ECRs will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Russia. There will be a focus on building links for future collaboration and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build long-term links.

The British Council will cover the costs related to participation in the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa, and travel insurance will be covered; however, participants will be