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Synthesising an energy justice and vulnerability framework

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We are developing a conceptual model that creates an analytical framework to be applied to future research.

Synthesising an energy justice and vulnerability framework

We are developing a novel conceptual model that creates an analytical framework which can be applied to future research.

We are examining fuel and transport poverty through the lenses of energy vulnerability and energy justice. These concepts are at the forefront of latest debates around inequality within energy systems – but the relationships between them are little explored:

  • The energy vulnerability framework works primarily at a household scale, exposing the complex, sensitivity and adaptive capacity possibilities that shape the risk of a household experiencing an enforced lack of core services.
  • The energy justice framework works primarily at the structural and institutional scale to reveal the underpinning processes – distribution of resources, decision-making procedures, and recognition of the causes – that reinforce household-scale vulnerability.

By explaining the links between the two concepts and developing a single, logical framework, this part of the project will create a multi-scale view of the relationship between structural change and household circumstances in bringing about fuel and transport poverty. As well as contributing to justice-based approaches to transitions thinking, this approach will also provide insight into non-technical energy demand reduction measures and increased social flexibility.

What we are asking

  • What are the driving forces behind energy and transport poverty?
  • How can we represent these forces as a framework suitable for use in future research?

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