10 Jul Re-centering Energy Justice
Uninsulated waste heat ducts link two coal-fired power plants and a planned industrial park in the remains of a village in Jiangsu Province, China, May 2014. Image credit: Jia Ching Chen
Re-centering Energy Justice is a Research Focus Group that aims to address critical debates within the field, while upholding the conviction that the movements, practices, and debates among Indigenous communities worldwide and societies of the Global South are central and not auxiliary to understanding humanity’s deep entanglements with energy. The following inquiries guide our interdisciplinary approach:
• How are frontline and indigenous communities disproportionately affected by entrenched energy regimes and ignored in energy justice debates?
• Why have such injustices been normalized and perpetuated in energy transitions?
• How can scholars work with communities to address social and ecological inequities?
Re-centering Energy Justice will foster the continuation and growth of the successful community-building and research outcomes initiated during the 2018- 2019 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective at UC Santa Barbara https://energyjustice.
Jéssica Malinalli Coyotecatl Contreras, Anthropology
Mona Damluji, Film and Media Studies