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Jensen, Tor Øyvind, Clifford Shearing, Tom Skauge, Andreas Nesse Persson: Energy civilizations: industrial modernity and beyond

Jensen, Tor Øyvind, Clifford Shearing, Tom Skauge, Andreas Nesse Persson: Energy civilizations: industrial modernity and beyond

Based on a paper delivered at: 8th Scientific Conference of Energy And Climate Change : “Contribution to deep decarbonization”. Organized by PROMITHEASnet, KEPA Athens 7-9 October 2015

Abstract: Three of the authors (Jensen, Shearing, Skauge) are in the core group of the SANCOOP project Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems in Emerging Economies. A South African Focused Comparative Project. Financed by the Norwegian and South African Research councils 2014- 2016. Countries included are Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

This paper will present the theoretical framings that have shaped the project along with some preliminary analyses. The paper recognises that energy systems are attracting increasing attention as scholars, politicians and practitioners address the necessity, especially in “developing” countries, of responding to increasing demands across the public, the private and community sectors to increase the supply of electricity while protecting vulnerable and threatened ecosystem services. This paper canvases some very preliminary conclusions of our project regarding actors and mechanisms that relates to response to this wicked conundrum and how different socio-bio-physical contexts are shaping these responses.

Read the article here: Energy-civilizations-industrial-modernity-and-beyond (pdf)

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