Contested Geographies of Energy Transition

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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Ker-Hsuan Chien
Chairs: Steven Rainey


Previous studies have shown that energy transition is a geographical process that entails the restructuring of environmental governances, energy markets, infrastructures and ways of living (Bridge et al., 2013, McCarthy, 2015) at local, state and global levels (Bulkeley et al., 2014, Spath and Rohracher, 2012, Rutherford and Coutard, 2014). This session presents five papers that focus on the variegated politic-ecological changes across the Global North and South. With these cases, we hope to situate energy transition in political-economic contexts, investigating how energy transitions have been constructed and comprehended in different projects, and how these projects have shaped power relations, and the impact they have had on local lives.

BRIDGE, G., BOUZAROVSKI, S., BRADSHAW, M. & EYRE, N. 2013. Geographies of energy transition: Space, place and the low-carbon economy. Energy Policy, 53, 331-340.
BULKELEY, H., BROTO, V. C. & MAASSEN, A. 2014. Low-carbon Transitions and the Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructure. Urban Studies, 51, 1471-1486.
MCCARTHY, J. 2015. A socioecological fix to capitalist crisis and climate change? The possibilities and limits of renewable energy. Environment and Planning A, 47, 2485-2502.
RUTHERFORD, J. & COUTARD, O. 2014. Urban Energy Transitions: Places, Processes and Politics of Socio-technical Change. Urban Studies, 51, 1353-1377.
SPATH, P. & ROHRACHER, H. 2012. Local Demonstrations for Global Transitions-Dynamics across Governance Levels Fostering Socio-Technical Regime Change Towards Sustainability. European Planning Studies, 20, 461-479.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Steven Rainey*, McNeese State University, Dams on the Madeira River: Displacement, dispossession and other environmental and social impacts associated with hydropower development. 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Ker-Hsuan Chien*, National Taiwan University, Pacing for Energy Transition: Offshore Wind Power Development and Utility Reform in Taiwan 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Siddhartha Dabhi*, University of Exeter, Steffen Böhm, University of Exter, Socio-Ecological Fix from Below: Contestations between People and Capital in the Global South 20 10:40 AM

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