Month: February 2016

Energy Attitudes and Literacy in Europe and Beyond: Implications for Energy Policymakers and Practitioners

Benjamin Sovacool This presentation investigates how a mix of energy-users from 11 countries perceives energy and environmental issues such as the affordability of electricity and gasoline, the seriousness of climate change, and preferences for different energy systems. The purpose, in part, is to discuss the relationship between consumer perceptions of energy challenges, adoption of renewable […]

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On the Banality of Wilful Blindness

Judith Bovensiepen Notions of corporate and social responsibility are often evoked to appease critics– especially in the petroleum industry. This has led to cynical representations of the energy industry as immoral and to important criticisms of the very notion of “ethical capitalism”. By focusing on the planning and implementation of a large-scale petroleum infrastructure project […]

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Energy Justice and Off-Grid Energy Systems: Exploring the injustices for the off-grid citizen

Darren McCauley The aim of this paper is to explore the idea of ‘energy injustice’ when unconnected to a national grid. Mini- and off-grid energy systems have emerged in developed world contexts as solutions to variable energy demand. They have, on the other hand, a long existence in developing world contexts where grid infrastructure is […]

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Towards a New Energy Ethics: Reflections from the US oil and gas industry

Mette High At a time when the global consumption of energy is rising at an astonishing rate, energy producers are relying on increasingly innovative ways of harvesting energy from fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable resources. As a necessary but precious component for living, the energy that is produced, distributed and consumed raises fundamental questions about […]

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How Energy Matters: Energy Biographies, Ethics and the Texture of Everyday Life

Christopher Groves While energy consumption is necessary to support people’s everyday lives in a material and instrumental sense, the ways in which energy is used are also constitutive of ways of life and of identities. The Energy Biographies project at Cardiff University has used biographical narrative interviews and multimodal methods across four case sites in […]

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