Transition Time for Hunter Starts Now

Filed under Hunter Valley, News ~ by Press on  12 Mar 2019

World-leaders in transition research and education will visit Newcastle next week to discuss the development of research and courses that will help the Hunter region move to more sustainable energy systems. 

With new energy systems rapidly evolving around the world, the University’s International Centre for Balanced Land Use is working with the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) to lead a novel approach to transitions within the Hunter region through the development of research and training opportunities.

International Centre for Balanced Land Use Project Director, Dr Michael Askew, said Australia is about to face its biggest challenge in regard to how energy is made, consumed and stored.

When you talk about change, it’s usually small and incremental – you change a technology, a policy or a strategy. Transition Management is a total system change that requires all stakeholders to agree and work towards a shared vision,” Dr Askew said.

The Hunter region is made up of a mix of industry that will respond very quickly to innovation and set the scene for the rest of the country. We’re hoping to work with DRIFT to adapt their methodology into an approach and framework that will suit our unique context.”

Whilst formal discussions are ongoing, the collaboration would include the development and facilitation of training courses for executives, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework for students to equip future leaders with skills in transition management, and in-company research offerings.

Key decision makers from federal and state governments, industry and the University will meet at a Transitions Roundtable on Tuesday 19 March from 9am at NeW Space to discuss an approach that will help facilitate the sustainable transition of Newcastle, the Hunter and the nation.

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