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Energy Justice and Sustainability of Energy Systems

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.

Illustration of people on a solar field for LUCSUS energy theme. Illustration: Catrin Jakobsson.

At LUCSUS, we study social and environmental impacts of different socio-technical arrangements for energy production, distribution, and consumption. We take a systemic approach to the energy system and investigate both fossil fuel and renewable technologies.

Our research explores the distribution of power, risks and benefits associated with technologies, transformations and their impacts. We contribute to the theoretical and empirical development by relying on a wide range of cases from the global North and global South. 

Underlying our approach is a recognition of the politics which drive the historical and current energy system and the need for change to support sustainable, fair and accessible energy. Through our research and teaching we seek to contribute to strengthen inter- and intragenerational justice in the political, societal and academic arenas.

Keywords: energy transformations, energy justice, equality, energy risks, and benefits. 

Ongoing research projects