Lecture by prof. Benjamin Sovacool-New approaches and frontiers in energy justice

Date: from Tuesday 14 March 2017 to Tuesday 14 March 2017


Facultaire Raadzaal Rechten, Emile Braunschool, Voldersstraat 3

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On 14 March, prof. Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex) will gave a lecture on new approaches and frontiers in energy justice.

This lecture explores how concepts from justice and ethics can inform energy decision-making and highlight the futurity, fairness, and equity dimensions of energy production and use. It defines "energy justice" as a global energy system that fairly distributes both the benefits and costs of energy services, and one that contributes to more representative and inclusive energy decision-making. Such an assessment brings together core understandings of distributional and procedural justice alongside cosmopolitan interpretations of equity and recognitional notions of fairness. The presentation then focuses on six new frontiers or fruitful areas of future research. First is making the case for the involvement of non-Western justice theorists. Second is expanding beyond humans to look at the Rights of Nature or non-anthropocentric notions of justice. Third is focusing on cross-scalar issues of justice such as embodied emissions. Fourth is identifying business models and the co-benefits of justice. Fifth is better understanding the trade-offs within energy justice principles. Sixth is confronting utopian or falsely constructed justice discourses. The lecture argues in favour of "justice-aware" energy planning and policymaking, and it hopes that its (reconsidered) energy justice conceptual framework offers a critical tool to inform decision-making.

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, where he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Professor Sovacool works on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. His publications include Energy Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2014), Global Energy Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2014).