On 7th May 2020, QUB-MOSES researcher, Dr. Christina Kelly, joined the online annual NEST conference. NEST is a Network for Early career researchers in Sustainability Transitions. The theme of the 2020 NEST conference was “Widening sustainability transitions”. This was very relevant to the MOSES project and in particular, Work Package 7 which is led by QUB and involves the use of case studies in developing sustainable transition plans for marine sectors. As part of the plenary sessions, keynote speaker, Dr Flor Avelino, Drift Academy presented on “Power in transition: studying power dynamics in processes of change & innovation”. This examined matters such as:
These are pertinent issues to be considered in each of the case studies as part of Work Package 7 which focuses on stakeholder engagement in co-creation and co-design of transition pathways towards sustainability. Dr Avelino discussed a number of international case studies and shared lessons learned from other research on sustainability transitions which will be useful for the MOSES case studies.
On 30th June 2020, Christina joined an online webinar organised once again by NEST and featured Prof. Frank Geels, University of Manchester, presenting on the “Multi-Level Perspective on socio-technical transitions”. In his presentation, Prof. Geels identified “Transition Pathways” as a new research stream and discussed regime transformation and regime reconfiguration as examples of these pathways. With regime change, issues such as empowerment, collaboration and political struggles over institutional reform were identified as key challenges. These are important considerations for the MOSES researchers involved in the development of transition pathways towards sustainability in marine sectors as part of Work Package 7. Prof. Geels noted that there has been increasing real-world uptake by policymakers such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), European Environment Agency (EEA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Energy Transition Commission as well as NGOs of Transitions concepts, therefore, highlighting the importance of Work Package 7 outcomes and outputs in terms of impact.