The energy transition is more than the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. Ensuring a just and meaningful transition that enables and empowers communities and groups to improve their own lives is central to a long-term sustainable energy system. Energy justice and energy cultures emerge as essential to understand for both their abstract and everyday experiences.
This roundtable brings together leading scholars and practitioners of energy justice to share their research on the global south and power relations of the energy transition. Threading through the presentations and discussions is how can energy justice deliver a broader and better understanding of the historical and emerging injustices of the energy system? What can we change to improve energy justice as a theoretical construct and in the everyday reality of communities?
About the speakers:
Ankit Kumar is a Lecturer at the Department of Geography in Development and Environment at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are situated around climate and energy justice, enquiring justice questions working at the nexus of culture, knowledge and politics, conceptually drawing from postcolonial/anticolonial studies, critical development studies and environmental geographies.
Cara New Daggett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. Her research explores the politics of energy and the environment in an era of planetary disruption. She is interested in questions that lie at the nexus of human well-being, science, technology, and the more-than-human world. Her work often draws upon feminist approaches to power in order to understand how global warming emerged, as well as how it might be mitigated.
Shakti Ramkumar is the Director of Communications & Policy at Student Energy, a global youth organization that works with the next generation of leaders to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, equitable energy future. She is currently leading the Student Energy’s communications strategy and the 2020 update of Student Energy’s web platform and Energy System Map.
Further conversations on the implications of energy and global consumption are needed considering that gender, racial and ethnic inequalities are not always addressed. This roundtable aims to better understand those aspects and interact with scholars and practitioners that have worked on this topic. The event is moderated by prof. Michael LaBelle, founder and coordinator of EPRG.
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