Launch of UCL Islands Laboratory and sustainable islands book

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 22 November 2018
UCL Energy Institute , Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, United Kingdom

Launching the UCL Islands Laboratory website and the Transitioning Island Nations into Sustainable Energy Hubs book

Chaired by Dr Catalina Spataru, UCL Energy Institute

Islands are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Even today many of the islands have considerable energy supply problems and relies on oil-based power generation. Due to their diverse characteristics, islands could be excellent demonstration sites and vehicle for diffusion of innovative energy solutions that can effectively replace the conventional methods.

This event includes two elements:

Website launch: Islands Laboratory

The founder and the head of the lab, Catalina Spataru, Associate Prof Global Energy and Resources, will present this fascinating new research perspective. Raimund Bleischwitz, Prof in Sustainable Global Resources and BSEER Director together with Dominic Rassool, Policy and finance senior consultant at Global CCS Institute and Eleni Zafeiratou Knowledge Management Officer at FCH JU will act as discussants. A number of researchers and collaborators of the Islands Laboratory will join the discussion. Key topics include: What research areas are relevant of sustainable islands? What is in it for broader sustainability research and stakeholders on the SDG agenda?

Book launch: Transitioning Nations Into Sustainable Energy Hubs

The author, Catalina Spataru, will present this fascinating new research perspective and talk through the book. Transitioning Island Nations into Sustainable Energy Hubs provides an interdisciplinary approach and insights to current research and opportunities and into the type of changes needs to be made to make islands the “energy hubs” of the future, the “hottest energy centred points”, the “golden spots” for sustainability.

About the author:

Dr Catalina Spataru is an Associate Professor at UCL Energy Institute and the head and the founder of Islands Laboratory. Her expertise is in whole energy system dynamics and resource nexus. Her activities range from theoretical investigations to implementation research and the development of mathematical models. She is the author of the books Whole Energy System Dynamics: Theory, modelling and policy and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus.

The event will close with a drink reception. Register here.