Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

Beyond Oil 2019: Deep and Rapid transformations

"Beyond Oil: Deep and Rapid Transformation" in October 16 - 17. Beyond Oil is an international and interdisciplinary conference organized every two years by the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at the University of Bergen.

Retro computer graphics and sunset
Judith Dalsgård/CET

Beyond Oil 2017 - Looking Back

Ingrid Rieser

Main content

Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. However, current rates of change are well below what is necessary to limit global warming to two degrees or less. Low and zero-carbon pathways will require systematic changes in economies, polities and societies. This will affect areas of the world and portions of populations unevenly. Furthermore, existing inequalities hinder the capacity for urgent change. Sustainable transformation must thus simultaneously address the geophysical and socioeconomic challenges of the early 21st century.

How can we accelerate transformation?

The Beyond Oil: Deep and Rapid Transformations conference has reached capacity and registration is now closed. If you would like to be on our waiting list please send an email.

Beyond Oil is organized in line with the CET Low Carbon Travel Policy.

Take the conference train!

Traveling from/via Oslo? Jump-start the conference by taking the conference train on Tuesday, October 15!

To encourage low carbon travelling, the Beyond Oil Committee has booked a train carriage on the 12.03 pm train leaving from Oslo to Bergen on Tuesday the 15th of October. The train ride is free of charge for those attending the Beyond Oil Conference.

You will be met on the platform by researchers from CET and they will facilitate lively discussions and workshops during the 7-hour train ride. The "Bergen train line (Bergensbanen)" is famous for its spectacular views so this is a perfect way to see the mountains of Norway, as well as engaging with fellow academics. 

We are currently putting the finishing touches on the train programme; the train conference is divided into three sessions:

  • Academic engagement: What is the role of academia in supporting deep and rapid transformations.
  • Low Carbon academic practices, and
  • Embodied knowledge: How can literature and art help bridge the gap between intellectual knowledge and emotional knowledge.

Refreshments will be served on the train, as well as the possibility to visit the café carriage. The full program will be sent to participants as soon as it is ready. 

Are you interested? There are still spaces on our train, please send your expressions of interested to our email

Conference Program

Digital program available here. 

(for parallel sessions and abstracts book scroll to the end of this page)

Wednesday 16th of October

08.30Conference registration opens
09.00Doors open
09.15 - 09.30

Opening of Beyond Oil 2019

Håvard Haarstad, Director, Centre of Climate and Energy Transformation

09.30 - 11.15

Keynote and discussion: Anticipating transformation: What does it take to move beyond oil. 

Keri Facer, Professor of Education and Social Futures, University of Bristol/University of Uppsala

Jessica Jewell, Assistant Professor of Energy Transitions, Chalmers University of Technology

11.30 - 12.30Lunch
12.30 - 14.00

Parallel Session 1

  1. Politics and futures of abandonment
  2. Legacies and transformational potential of oil
  3. Technologies of the transformation
14.00 - 14.30

Coffee break

    14.30 - 15.50

    Parallel Session 2

    1.  Contesting energy futures
    2.  Law and regulation in furthering transformation
    3.  Agents of change
    16.00 - 17.30

    Keynote and discussion: Contesting scenarios for a society beyond oil.

    Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor

    Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School


    Conference Dinner at BOD24 Sandviken

    Meeting point for walking or bus to dinner venue is "Bryggen". Outside of the yellow house. 

    Thursday 17th of October

    08.45Registration day 2
    09.00 - 09.30Morning chat
    09.30 - 11.15

    Parallel session 3

    1. Citizen engagement with transformation
    2. Transformation in an urban context
    3. Transforming transportation
    11.30 - 12.30Lunch
    12.30 - 14.00

    Keynote and discussion: Living in a society beyond oil.

    Lorraine Whitmarsh, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Cardiff University and UK Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST).

      14.00 - 14.30Coffee Break
      14.30 - 15.50

      Parallel session 4

      1. Energy Poverty and security
      2. Transformation in the global south
      3. Energy justice and equity
      16.00 - 17.00Plenary dialogue and concluding reflections. 


      Practical information

      There is no registration fee for the conference. If you would like to join the conference dinner on Wednesday, October 16th we ask for a contribution of 250NOK (this will be sent to you in a separate email after registration). 

      Conference venue: House of Literature (Litteraturhuset) Østre Skostredet 5, 5017 Bergen

      kart over bergen
      Google maps

      How to get there:

        If you arrive at Bergen Railway station, you are already in the middle of Bergen city. The Railways station is in walking distance to most facilities in the city centre.

        If you arrive at Bergen Airport, Flesland, there are several ways of getting to the city centre:

        • Bergen light rail runs from Bergen airport to ‘Byparken’, in the city centre. Ticket fare is NOK 37, and the trip takes 45 minutes.
        • The airport bus (Flybussen) has frequent departures to the city centre. The bus ride will take you 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic, and it costs NOK 105.