Spatial Adventures in Energy Studies
Spatial Adventures in Energy Studies: Emerging Geographies of Energy Production and Use
Spatial Adventures in Energy Studies – posted on 26 February 2018 by the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED).
A new special issue in the journal Energy Research and Social Science guest edited by Prof Vanesa Castán Broto and Dr Lucy Baker, Research Fellow at CIED, highlights the significance of a ‘spatial and relational’ approach to energy studies. This approach looks beyond seeing energy as an economic asset, ecological phenomenon or resource; and sees it instead as a geographical phenomenon involving relationships in society.
The 18 papers in this special issue critically address global energy challenges and argue that an approach that considers geographical relationships and linkages can help better understand issues around justice, access and distribution and in this way, advance a more equitable energy transition.
Dr Baker said:
“This approach also challenges the concept of energy as a neutral, technical and physical entity and for instance prompts the need to ask systemic questions that cut across energy, geography, and society, including the patterns and scales of energy supply, distribution and consumption, and the energy-dependence of everyday activities“.