Towards a political ecology of EU energy policy

Gavin Bridge*, Stefania Barca, Begüm özkaynak, Ethemcan Turhan, Ryan Wyeth

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At the root of energy policy are fundamental questions about the sort of social and environmental futures in which people want to live and how decisions over different energy pathways and energy futures are made. The interdisciplinary field of political ecology has the capacity to address such questions, while also challenging how energy policy conventionally gets done. We outline a political ecology perspective on EU energy policy that illuminates how the distribution of social power affects access to energy services, participation in energy decision- making and the allocation of energy's environmental and social costs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing Energy Policy
Subtitle of host publicationLessons on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities
EditorsChris Foulds, Rosie Robison
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-99097-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-99096-5
Publication statusPublished - 23-Aug-2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Democracy
  • Eco-sufficiency
  • Energy transitions
  • Justice
  • Knowledge
  • Political ecology
  • Scale

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