Energy justice in the Arctic: implications for energy infrastructural development

Darren McCauley, Raphael Heffron, Maria Pavlenko, Robert Wilhelm Michael Rehner, Ryan Thomas Holmes

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    The development of energy infrastructure in the Arctic poses serious far reaching justice based questions for local, regional and international communities. Oil and gas rigs, renewable energy sites, shipping and transportation all force us to reflect on how fair and equitable infrastructural expansion is locally and globally. We examine the justice claims of business, government and civil society in an attempt to understand current problems, and their likely solutions. The results suggest that we need to replace the current stakeholder-centred approach of energy policy, with one based upon justice. A widening of procedural justice to include not only the co-production of decisions, but also knowledge should be complemented with new ways of recognising the vulnerabilities of mis- and under-represented people, as well as exploring the sensitivities around proximity to new energy infrastructures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-65
    JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
    Early online date25 Mar 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


    • Energy justice
    • Arctic
    • Energy infrastructure
    • Due process
    • Vulnerability
    • Proximity


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