In search of common ground: energy justice perspectives in global fossil fuel extraction

Roman V. Sidortsov, Raphael J. Heffron, Tedd Moya Mose, Chelsea Schelly, Bethel Tarekegne

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    In this chapter, we introduce energy justice, an emerging transdisciplinary concept capable of tackling complex energy problems. Energy justice is a term that has been used in practice (i.e. in non-academic work, such as in the commercial and public sectors) far longer than in academic research, albeit to a very limited degree. With the emergence of the energy justice concept, two approaches have come to dominate, one that considers energy systems using existing understandings of forms of justice, and one that deciphers its two main principles from the unique characteristics of energy as a good. To differentiate between these two approaches, we call them, respectively, the “system” and “foundational” approaches. The purpose of the chapter is to demonstrate the importance of grappling with issues of justice in any instance of environmental management decision making, to show that there are diverse perspectives that offer tools for doing so specifically in the realm of energy systems management, and to illustrate use of an important research and analytical tool by considering how controversial subjects like fossil fuel-based energy systems can be evaluated using different approaches to energy justice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Environmental Management
    EditorsKathleen E. Halvorsen, Chelsea Schelly, Robert M. Handler, Erin C. Pischke, Jessie L. Knowlton
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781788115193
    ISBN (Print)9781788115186
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • General Environmental Science
    • General Social Sciences
    • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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