Photovoltaic Imagination: Solar Strategies for Community Integrated Research and Graduate Training

G. Arno Verhoeven, Robert Soden*, Matt Ratto, Bart Simon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Achieving a just transition to climate positive energy systems while meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) 7 of ensuring “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” will require fundamental reimagining of contempo- rary energy systems. As with other sociotechnical imaginaries, the material and discursive infrastructure that underlies these systems is both deep and expansive, challenging efforts to envision and enact alternatives. This paper describes a unique, ongoing, project between the University of Toronto, University of Edinburgh, and Concordia University that combines critical making practice, com- munity engaged research, and graduate student training to unsettle prevailing energy imaginaries through situated engagement with small-scale solar technologies. Through detailed discussion of this planned research and related work, we contribute to LIMITS re- search in transitional systems, solar imaginaries, justice, mainte- nance and repair, and graduate student pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022
EventEighth Workshop on Computing within Limits -
Duration: 21 Jun 2022 → …


ConferenceEighth Workshop on Computing within Limits
Period21/06/22 → …

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Energy transition
  • Solar
  • Speculation
  • Community-based research
  • Pedagogy


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