The concept of energy justice across the disciplines

Raphael J. Heffron, Darren McCauley

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    Over the last decade, ‘Energy Justice’ is a concept that has emerged in research across many disciplines. This research explores the role and value of the energy justice concept across the disciplines. It provides the first critical account of the emergence of the energy justice concept in both research and practice. A diagrammatical image for examining the energy justice concepts is presented and this is a tool for interdisciplinary engagement with the concept. In this context, restorative justice is introduced and how it results in energy justice applying in practice is detailed. Energy research scholarship at universities is assessed and it is clear that through universities there is a platform for energy justice scholarship to build on the interdisciplinary energy scholarship at universities. Further, the role of education is vital to policy-making, and the understanding and development of the energy justice concept. Finally, in analysing how the energy justice concept can impact on policy-making, there is a critical examination of the energy justice and its relationship with economics, and how it can transfer directly into practice by assisting in balancing the competing aims of the energy trilemma.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)658-667
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnergy Policy
    Early online date16 Mar 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


    • Energy justice
    • Energy trilemma
    • Energy justice concept
    • Restorative justice
    • Energy justice conceptual framework


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