Pathways of scholarship for energy justice and the social contract

Raphael J. Heffron (Lead / Corresponding author), Louis De Fontenelle, Chioma Basil, Inigo Del Guayo Castiella, Sufyan Droubi, Mohammad Hazrati, Halima I. Hussein, Diane Kraal, Darren McCauley, Alicia Phillips, Emmanuelle Santoire, Xavier Arnauld de Sartre

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The energy sector is increasingly out of date and in need of a new direction. There continues to be a myriad of issues emanating from the sector, most notably with climate change, environmental impacts and economic governance. Climate change continues at pace and with the United Nations having already declared there to be a climate emergency. Yet the response of energy sector stakeholders with the power to make the necessary changes in society remains slow. Too much investment continues in the old traditional energy sources. This research accepts these positions and that therefore the relationship between the stakeholders of the energy sector is imbalanced. In order to change this relationship so that it is fair, equitable and inclusive it is necessary to place (energy) justice at the core of a new social contract between the stakeholders of the energy sector (which includes policymakers, private and public energy companies, and citizens). This research advances 10 key pathways for scholarship on energy justice and the social contract. These topics need to be addressed from local to national and international levels. In resolving these research problems society can address the fundamental imbalances that exist between energy stakeholders and ensure a just and brave new world established through this new energy-just social contract.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-232
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2023


  • energy justice
  • social contract
  • just transition
  • climate change
  • economic inequality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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