Dra. Aurèlia Mañé Estrada at University of Göttingen

For the second year in a row, last December I enjoyed the amazing experience of teaching at the University of Göttingen with the extraordinary students of GLOCAL. It is a great effort, but an extremely rewarding experience, to share a few weeks with such brilliant and cosmopolitan students and with such welcoming colleagues as the teaching staff in Göttingen.

Unfortunately, this year I had less time than last year to share social activities with the students, but we were able to share a nice hot wine at the Christmas market.

We have been learning Political Economy of Energy together. I would like to think that the students after those intensive weeks of class, have learned to think about relationships and energy transition in a critical way. This is the main objective of the course and I wish I had provided them with the skills to decode the energetic events of the future.

For my own part, in both editions of GLOCAL, I have returned back to Barcelona with new thoughts on the subject as a result of the discussions we have had in class. For a lecturer, this is a gift.

For the next cohorts, which is the specific content of the course?

The course aims to analyse the phenomena of transition and energy geopolitics from the perspective of the Political Economy. To this end, the course will be structured in three main blocks.

The first block aims to explain how Political Economy has forged the energy narrative since the Industrial Revolution until now.

The main goal of this first block is to show that historically the choice of one or another way of capturing, transforming and using energy (energy model) is the result of a game of power, insofar energy relations are, at the end of the day, power interactions (Power is Power).

The second block seeks to explain how in the framework of the mainstream energy narrative, the construction of the Capitalist world order throughout the 20th century (from the First World War to the 1970s) turned into a very concrete structure of governance for the international oil industry (from the Seven Sisters to the OPEC). And, to explain that since the end of the Yalta order due to the disintegration of the Soviet Union we are witnessing its refurbishing and an anew of its financialization.

The third block will be the most speculative. Its objective is to think critically about the energy transition from a double perspective: to analyse the content of its narrative and to think of the energy transition as a change in world power relations.

Dra. Aurèlia Mañé Estrada
Rector’s Delegate for International Mobility and Programs

Universitat de Barcelona


Date: May 6, 2020 4:18 pm


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