As the symposium focuses on synthesis and networking, we will accept a limited number of conference presentations (15-20 minute oral presentations). Posters will be featured and highlighted through a poster-based networking sessions. Presentations and posters should focus on original research and/or synthesis showcasing the state of knowledge about:


       The social and economic costs and benefits to landowners, residents, and communities;

       Measuring, monitoring and communicating impacts;

       The interaction of environmental change with quality of life and indicators of health and well-being;

       Questions of equity and justice in energy development patterns and outcomes;

       The efficacy of existing regulatory and governance regimes; and,

       Social acceptance and risk perception of energy technologies

Please use the below forms for presentation paper and poster abstract submissions. 

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017


Coordinating Research on the Social Impacts of Energy Development:

Synthesis across the social sciences

The editors, Jeffrey Jacquet (Ohio State University), Julia Haggerty (Montana State University), and Gene Theodori (Sam Houston State University) invite you to submit an abstract for a forthcoming book on Coordinating Research on the Social Impacts of Energy Development to be published by Social Ecology Press and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR).


The edited volume is to be published as an outcome of the Energy Impacts Symposium 2017 and the energyimpacts.org Reseach Coordination Network, both supported by the U.S. National Science Foudnation.


As novel forms of energy development proliferate, numerous communities of interest seek credible and informed research about potential impacts to human communities. A growing cadre of researchers has gathered to produce important new research on site-level social, economic, and behavioral impacts from large-scale energy development, but integration of their discoveries into broader scientific literature and policy discussions is slow due to difficulties coordinating research across energy types, geographies, methodologies, and academic disciplines. Risks inherent in this uncoordinated approach include redundancy and inefficiency as well as missed opportunities for synthesis, comparison and innovation.


Chapters for this book shall  compare, synthesize, bridge, or otherwise work to traverse heretofore constraints on coordination of energy impacts research. In particular, we seek chapters that work to advance research coordination across:

  • Multiple energy types, including renewable, fossil, non-renewable sources;

  • Multiple energy geographies, both national and international;

  • Multiple academic disciplines across the social sciences, including but not limited to Sociology, Geography, Public Health, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Communication, Law, etc.; and,

  • Multiple distinct methodological or theoretical approaches

We are particularly interested in multidisciplinary author teams and papers that bridge academic disciplines. A paper or papers that focus on synthesis of academic disciplines will be targeted for re-publication in an academic journal.

Authors may choose to utilize some of the following approaches:




Updating concepts and theories. What refinements, updates and revisions of core conceptual frameworks and theories (i.e., resilience, social disruption, economic impact analysis) will lead to breakthroughs in comparability and explanatory potential of energy impact research?

Strategic deployment of new data collection and analytical techniques. How can researchers deploy novel methodological approaches to achieve novel discoveries? For example, what conceptual and analytical approaches will best leverage the scientific potential of emerging data capture techniques, such as photo-voice participant observation techniques? Can fuzzy set data analysis yield breakthroughs in chronic gaps in socio-economic indicator datasets?  

Appropriate standardization across regions and disciplines. How can social scientists design research so that the data and results are compatible and comparable across regions, disciplines, and energy focus? Where is longitudinal research necessary and what will enable it? What types of quantitative data can be standardized? What areas of inquiry require targeted qualitative research design? What kind of data collection strategies best support longitudinal approaches?

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words and provide an overview of the differing theoretical, methodological, or disciplinary approaches and/or energy types that will be traversed, joined, or bridged by the chapters. Additionally, abstracts should list each author’s disciplinary affiliation (either by position, formal degree, or experience)  and/or ability to represent differing social science disciplines.

The deadline has been extended from February 15, 2017 to March 1, 2017, with notification of acceptance soon thereafter.  Authors should submit their chapter abstracts to book@energyimpacts.org.  Full Draft Manuscripts will be due by September 15th, 2017. Authors with accepted abstracts will be strongly encouraged to present their papers at the Energy Impacts Symposium, July 26-27, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio (more information at www.energyimpacts.org). Symposium travel assistance for authors of the most promising chapters will be available.