2nd PhDs in Transitions Conference: Day 2

Read the conference introduction and our 1st day report.

The second day of our PhDs in Transitions conference started very much in the same way the first day passed: motivating, constructive and inspiring. Despite a rather early start at 8:30, the delegates weren’t lacking energy, kicking the day off with the third round of parallel presentation sessions covering a wide range of Transitions-related topics: spatiality and urban environments, agency and power, and simulation and modelling. After a brief coffee break to recharge our spirits, the programme continued with three parallel workshop sessions: on modelling in Transition Studies with Claudia Binder, applications of Social Network analysis with Romano Wyss and transition frameworks in developing countries with Susanne Wymann and Albrecht Ehrensperger.

There was no slowing of the pace in the afternoon, either – two highly interesting parallel presentation sessions around simulations of the role of individuals, and applied practice perspectives in transition research. This only underlined the broad range of theories and empirical cases exhibited by the delegates – although, of course, a lot of the research was on the traditional transition cases of energy and transport, quite a few delegates made forays into hitherto unexplored theoretical connections and empirical settings.

Finally, and with an odd feeling about two days passing very, very quickly, everyone assembled for a final reflection round, bringing the event to a close. Although we didn’t immediately find volunteer organisers for the third conference, multiple interesting proposals were put forward, spreading the seeds for PhDs in Transitions 3!

At the end of this report we would like to say (write) a great big Thank You! to the organising team – Mara, Pauline, Susan and Reinier, without whose tireless engagement and brilliant work this event would not have been possible.

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