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Just energy transitions: a spatial perspective
15.00 – 16.00 CET
Speaker: Prof. Stefan Bouzarovski (University of Manchester).
Discussant: Prof. Jennie Stephens (Northeastern University, Boston)

‘Just transition’ approaches have started to play a central role at the interface between climate mitigation and socio-economic transformations. However, critical thinking around their drivers and implications is relatively rare. Much of the academic literature on the subject has been focused on the distributional and procedural justice aspects of low carbon initiatives, principally examining their legal and economic requirements. The debate is disproportionately weighed on the supply side of the energy sector, emphasizing sites of energy recovery and transport as opposed to end-use energy demand. In this intervention, I aim to unsettle some of the dominant narratives on the subject by arguing that achieving energy justice in the movement towards a low-carbon future is contingent upon understanding and embracing the networked, hybrid and politically contested geographies of energy transformations (building, in particular, on Bouzarovski and Haarstad 2019). I examine the socio-spatial circuitry of lived experience associated with low-carbon reconfigurations, using examples from several recently completed research projects across Europe. I foreground the multiple sites and nodes of socio-material convergence associated with urban climate mitigation as a step towards questioning and reconceiving notions of inequality in the context of just transition.

Bouzarovski S and Haarstad H 2019 Rescaling low-carbon transformations: Towards a relational ontology Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 44 256–269

Martiskainen M, Sovacool B K, Lacey-Barnacle M, Hopkins D, Jenkins K E H, Simcock N, Mattioli G and Bouzarovski S 2020 New dimensions of vulnerability to energy and transport poverty Joule Doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2020.11.016

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