Wednesday 6 July 2016

CONFERENCE: 2016 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference

It's winter time in Australia, which means it's time for the annual IAG Conference!  This was my fourth and final IAG Conference whilst completing my PhD and gave me the opportunity to discuss an unexpected area of research - the influence of energy utilities on residential renewable energy adoption.  In previous years I have presented my research proposal, motivation for adoption of solar energy and the influence of a 'solar champion' on adoption rates, so it felt appropriate to round off my attendance with an examination of governance influence on adoption.  My session was very well attended and my presentation, 'Do energy utilities limit the penetration of renewable energy in regional Western Australia?', received a number of positive reviews.

The evolving state of geography has been an ongoing theme across the last four conferences, and continued to be so this year.  In particular, the absence of physical geographers and proliferation of terminology in use by human geographers creating 'barriers' to cross-disciplinary understanding was noted.  I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Australian geographers!