We had a great response to our CFP on The contested politics of urban electricity networks: Insights from urban infrastructure studies for the RGS-IBG 2013. We have put together three sessions that extend geographically, empirically and theoretically in many directions around the issues identified in the CFP and look forward to the debates and discussions that will come out of these sessions.
Session One: Social movements and protest in the electric city
1. Whose right to the electric city?
Jonathan Silver and Andrés Luque, Durham University, UK
2. POWERed by People: Urban Crisis and Emergent Protest Practices in Athens
Georgia Alexandri and Venetia Chatzi, Harokopio University, Greece
3. Divergent visions and competing strategies: Barcelona’s engineers and the solar guerrillas
Anne Massen, Eco Ltd, London
4. (Re-)constructing urban infrastructure: civil society movements are claiming the grid
Arwen Colell and Luisa von Neumann-Cosel, BürgerEnergie Berlin eG i.G., Germany
5. Beirut, metropolis of blackness – uneven geographies of electricity supply, protests and private informal electricity suppliers
Eric Verdeil, Université de Lyon, CNRS – Environnement Ville Société, France
Session Two: The uneven geographies of the electric city
1. Hooked on electricity: Colonizing Palestine on the grid
Omar Jabary Salamanca, Ghent University, Belgium
2. Practices of electrification in the informal settlements of Delhi: Is urban planning necessary?
Laure Criqui, Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés – LATTS, École des Ponts ParisTech, France
3. Splintering electricity networks and the splintering of inter-ethnic relations: Access to electricity in Romani settlements in Bulgaria
Rosalina Babourkova, Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK
4. The regularisation of energy supply in pacified favelas of Rio de Janeiro: A tool for constructing a “responsible consumer”?
Francesca Pilo Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés – LATTS, École des Ponts ParisTech, France
5. Powering segregation and inequality: The development of electric utilities in eastern North Carolina
Conor Harrison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Session Three: Rewiring the electric city
1. Government by communication: Making New York City’s electrical grid resilient, from the strikes to the unforeseen
Stephanie Wakefield, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA
2. Institutional factors affecting the development of smart grids
Semida Silveira and Edgard Antunes Dias Batista, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
3. How discourses of decentralized energy infrastructure are created: Lessons from the city district of Hammarby Sjöstad
Arian Mahzouni, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
4. Re-assembling the material: On the monstrous waste of urban infrastructure
Björn Berglund, Environmental Technology and Management, Linköping University, Sweden.
5. Re-wiring the electric city: capital, contracting and rekommunalization in post-reunification Berlin
Gareth Edwards, Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, UK