Energy Justice in a Changing Climate: Social equity implications of the energy and low-carbon relationship (Just Sustainabilities)

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Energy justice is one of the most critical, and yet least developed, concepts associated with sustainability. Much has been written about the sustainability of low carbon energy systems and policies – with an emphasis on environmental, economic and geopolitical issues. However, less attention has been directed at the social and equity implications of these dynamic relations between energy and low carbon objectives – the complexity of injustice associated with whole energy systems (from extractive industries, through to consumption and waste) that transcend national boundaries and the social, political-economic and material processes driving the experience of energy injustice and vulnerability.

Drawing on a substantial body of original research from an international collaboration of experts this unique collection addresses energy poverty, just innovation, aesthetic justice, and the justice implications of 'low carbon' energy systems and technologies. The book offers new thinking on how interactions between climate change, energy policy and equity and social justice can be understood and develops a critical agenda for energy justice research.

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Karen Bickerstaff is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK.

Gordon Walker is Chair in environment, risk and social justice at Lancaster University, UK.

Harriet Bulkeley is Professor Human Geography at Durham University, UK.

The three authors led the Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (InCluESEV) which ran from 2009-2012, funded as part of a major Research Councils UK investment in Energy and Equity research.

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'This book does a great job of highlighting the energy vulnerabilities of households and communities along with the social justice implications of various policies and practices that promote lower carbon energy systems. Particularly important is how it brings contemporary social theories to the understanding of energy justice, and the critical analysis offered of proposed lower carbon technologies such as microgeneration, microgrids, nuclear and CCS.' Diana Liverman, Regents Professor in the School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona 'Energy Justice in a Changing Climate is a wide-ranging and timely exploration of the justice and vulnerability issues associated with decarbonizing energy systems in the global North. It combines conceptual frameworks from the social sciences with original case material to highlight the equity and justice implications of low-carbon energy technologies, infrastructures and policies. Furthermore, it marks a significant shift in thinking about energy futures in a warming world, away from a narrow consideration of carbon management and towards a concern with how low-carbon energy systems (re)shape inequalities in energy access and social power.' Gavin Bridge, Professor of Economic Geography, Durham University 'Climate change produces injustice - and the authors of this book argue powerfully that policies to mitigate it are paradoxically in danger of having the same effect. The remedy is a clearer understanding of the processes that drive mitigation injustice and Energy Justice in a Changing Climate provides exactly that understanding.' Andrew Dobson, Keele University

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