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Energy for whom and for what at whose cost?

Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies Theme Energy Justice

Five staff members from LUCSUS are currently involved in a Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies Theme on Energy Justice. The theme is a collaborative initiative within Lund University to foster interdisciplinarity across research. LUCSUS staff members Henner Busch, Mine Islar, Sara Brogaard, Vasna Ramasar (coordinator of the theme) and Wim Carton work alongside five other researchers from LTH, Faculty of Law, USV and the Faculty of Social Science to deliberate on questions of energy justice.

The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on how to allocate the benefits and costs of scarce energy resources, not only among the citizens of urban and rural; north and south; poor and rich but also between current and future generations. Past experiences have shown that realizing energy projects is seldom an uncontested process. From confrontations over oil extraction, concerns over the sustainability of biofuels, to resistance against hydropower, wind energy projects as well as nuclear power, energy questions seem inherently fraught with conflict and sustainability concerns. This ultimately raises the question of energy justice: how can we understand and foster justice and equality when considering past, present and future energy decision-making, production and access.

The eight month project includes several workshops with international guest researchers, outreach with climate- and energy-related stakeholders in Skåne, a special issue in the journal Applied Energy on low carbon energy systems and energy justice and several planned publications. More information is available at:


Contact: vasna [dot] ramasar [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se (Vasna Ramasar)vasna [dot] ramasar [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se ( )(Coordinator)

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