What is energy justice?

Wednesday 25 May 2016
1.00 - 2.00pm

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Madsen Rm 449, Madsen Building, Eastern Ave, The University of Sydney


Lessons from the nuclear fuel cycle in Canada, the UK and Australia

Geographers and the Environment with Kirsten Jenkins (University of St Andrews) 

Energy is moving up the global political agenda, with poverty, climate change and energy security bringing new awareness of the links between energy and social justice. Amidst these challenges, the emerging concept of energy justice has developed with an aim to provide all individuals, across all areas, with safe, affordable and sustainable energy. Borrowing from and advancing this framework, this presentation will explore how energy justice is being articulated throughout the nuclear energy system, at the stages of uranium mining, energy production and waste. Using results from semi-structured interviews gathered in Canada and the UK, it presents early findings that demonstrate that justice claims vary extensively between actor, location and systems component as the result of differing priorities, desires, understandings, and formations of justice within each group and sector. In light of these findings, it argues that the current framework for energy justice is insufficient to explain justice manifestations and argues for a refined energy ‘systems’ justice framework in its place. It will close with an exploration of the relevance of energy justice as a concept for Australian scholarship and energy policy.

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