Franziska Paul

Franziska Paul

  • PhD candidate

email: f.paul.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 309, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

East Quadrangle, University of Glasgow

Glasgow, G12 8QQ

tel: 0141 330 1686

twitter: @franziska_paul

Research Title

Climate Justice Movements and the Articulations of Alternative Energy Discourses

Research Summary

Research title

Energy Democracy Coalitions and Radical Energy Futures

 

Summary of research

My research project explores coalition building around radical alternatives to contemporary energy politics. In this context, radical alternatives are defined as outside of current profit-oriented energy politics, with an emphasis on not only transforming the materialities of energy systems (and resource extraction) towards more ecologically sustainable models, but also transforming energy ownership and decision-making along more equitable, democratic and socially just lines. Recent calls for 'energy democracy', which have been voiced by a range of actors in the global North and South, provide a powerful narrative for a more democratically accountable, environmentally and socially just energy future. Energy democracy provides a framework that potentially unites social movements, environmentalists, as well as labour and trade union organisations in a collective struggle against corporate, extractivist, and profit-driven energy supply. I am interested in how coalitions around energy democracy are organised, how demands are negotiated and framed, and how political activism, and/or the narrative thereof, influences movement-building. I also explore resistances and contestation in the energy sector, so called energy struggles. Through exploring contemporary energy struggles, i.e. sites of social and political contestation of energy governance, my research draws attention to the social, political, and cultural aspects of energy that move beyond an eco-technical framing.

Publications

Publications

  • Paul, F. 2018. 'No jobs on a dead planet': The Greening of the US Labor Movement. Renewal, 26(3)
  • Paul, F. 2018. Deep Entanglements: History, Space and (Energy) Struggle in the German Energiewende. Geoforum, 91: 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.017

Grants

Awards

  • Small Grant for Conference, Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment & Society (SAGES), 2018, £750
  • Conference Support Fund, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2017, £300
  • Overseas Fieldwork Allowance, Economic and Social Research Council via Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences, 2016, £4,800
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship via the "Environment, Climate Change and Energy" Pathway 2015-2018
  • School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Tuition Fees-Paid Scholarship for the MRes in Human Geography, 2014-2015, £5,350

 

Prizes

  • Prize for the Best Overall Degree Performance 2014-2015 in the MRes Human Geography awarded by the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2015, £25
  • Prize for the Highest Graded Dissertation 2015 as part of the MRes Human Geography awarded by the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2015, £25
  • Deeside Field Prize in Memory of Dr John S Smith awarded to the best Honours or Joint Honours Geography student in their final Honours year at the University of Aberdeen, 2014, £250
  • Professor Roy Mellor Memorial Prize in Human Geography awarded to the undergraduate student who submits the best thesis in Human Geography as part of the requirements for their undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Aberdeen, 2014, £40
  • O'Dell Memorial Prize in Geography awarded to the student who attains the highest standard in the dissertation presented as part of the requirements of MA or BSc with Honours in Geography at the University of Aberdeen, 2014, £15

Conference

 Conference and workshop contributions

  • Paul, F. (2018) Power to the People: Energy democracy, labour environmentalism, and the struggle for public ownership. Paper given at AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA
  • Paul, F. (2017) "Resist! Reclaim! Restructure!": Labour's Involvement in Energy Democracy Struggles. Paper given at Beyond Oil Conference at SpaceLab, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Paul, F. (2017) The Spatial Politics of Struggle: Labour Environmentalism and the Fight for Energy Democracy. Paper given at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK
  • Paul, F. (2017) From Global Kinds of Knowledge to Frontline Struggles: Labour Environmentalism and the Fight for Energy Democracy. Paper given at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK
  • Paul, F. (2017) Alternative framings of the German Energiewende from the broader formal leftist opposition: A case study of Die Linke (Left Party) and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Workshop contribution given at Post-crisis Urban Alternatives workshop, Urban Studies Foundation, Glasgow, UK
  • Paul, F. (2016) The State and Its Others: Exploring Relationality in the German Energiewende. Paper given at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK

Teaching

Previous teaching positions

  • Marketing, Recruitment and International Office (MRIO), Widening Participation, "Top Up Programme", 2014-2018 (Postgraduate Tutor)
  • School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, Level 2, "Geography 2". 2017-2018 (Tutor)
  • School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, Level 2, "Qualitative Labs", 2015-2016 (Demonstrator)

Additional Information

Academic background

  • 2015-present: University of Glasgow, PhD in Geography, ESRC-funded via the Environment, Climate Change and Energy Pathway
  • 2014-2015: University of Glasgow, Master of Research (MRes) in Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies, graduated with Distinction
  • 2010-2014: University of Aberdeen, Master of Arts (MA) with Joint Honours in Geography and Sociology, graduated with First Class Honours (1:1)