Energy transitions research

The OERC creates opportunities for high-impact and internationally recognised energy-related research via an interdisciplinary network of University of Otago researchers and their external collaborators.

We are one of the research themes and centres contributing to Sustainability Research at Otago.

Visit the sustainability research groups website

Guided by a diverse steering group we:

  • Organise monthly seminars and an annual energy symposium
  • Bring in eminent speakers at the forefront of energy transition research
  • Actively support and encourage energy research at Otago

Annual symposium presentations and seminars

Research funding opportunities


17thOERC Symposium 2023 – An Energy Agenda for 2050

23–24 November in the Link, University of Otago Dunedin campus

The symposium brings together diverse perspectives and strategies towards meeting the 2050 energy transition goals.

Call for abstracts and registration are open now.

Speakers (Titles to be confirmed)

Ian Preston (Centre for Sustainable Energy, UK) A Sustainable Energy Transition for the United Kingdom – Understanding Distributional Impacts of Energy Policy

Jonathan Young (Ara Ake, NZ) Taranaki’s energy transition

Hinerangi Pere (ORION, NZ) Reciprocal Community Energy Services in South Canterbury.

For more information, visit the OERC symposia page:
17th OERC Symposium 2023 – An Energy Agenda for 2050

OERC Seminar Series

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