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Through the lenses of extractivism: postcolonialism and the energy transition - EPRG

Panel Discussion
Through the lenses of extractivism
Monday, November 20, 2023, 5:40 pm – 7:00 pm

The Energy Policy Research Group is thrilled to invite you to their third event featuring three distinguished panelists who will help us reach a better understanding of the mechanism of exploitation within the context of energy transition.

The shift from a fuel-intensive to a material-intensive energy system does not come without a high cost to local communities. To understand these shifts from a postcolonial lens and critique, we organized a hybrid panel discussion on the extractivist nature of the energy transition in relation to its continuous need for replenishment of raw materials.

Our speakers will approach extractivism from different theoretical lenses such as “energy colonialism”, the “money-energy-technology” complex and “neo-extractivism” - to understand what the exploitative mechanism of extractivism entails for affected local communities, and simultaneously map out possibilities of decolonial futures of the energy transition. 

About the speakers:
We invited three panelists who have dealt with specific case studies of extractivism and its effects on local communities in countries from the Global South and the periphery of the Global North:

The event is organized and moderated by two PhD researchers, Sophie Raehme and Arianna Crosera, as part of the course “Society and the Energy Transition” at the Central European University.  

  • Sophie Raehme – Ph. D. Researcher at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University (
  • Arianna Crosera - Ph.D. Researcher at the Faculty of Law at the European University Institute (

We invite all CEU (PhD-) students, CEU alumni, CEU employees and junior researchers who conduct research in an energy-related field to join us on the panel.

Looking forward to meeting as many energy, decolonial and postcolonial researchers and people interested in the topic of extractivism, postcolonialism and the energy transition as possible.

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 929 6985 6232
Passcode: 727824

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