Comparing energy, environmental and climate justice

December 11, 2017 - 15:30 - 17:00
Nador u. 15
101 Quantum Room
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CEU Community + Invited Guests
Kirsten Jenkins
Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)

Comparing energy, environmental and climate justice


A presentation by Dr. Kirsten Jenkins, University of Sussex via Skype


Organized by the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies


Location: Central European University, Nador utca 15, Room 101 "Quantum room"


3:30-5:00: Kirsten Jenkins will be presenting her new perspective paper “Setting energy justice apart from the crowd: Lessons from environmental and climate justice”, published in Energy Research & Social Science, via Skype. Discussion on the topic will follow.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Jenkins, K. 2018. Setting energy justice apart from the crowd: Lessons from environmental and climate justice. Energy Research & Social Science 39 (Supplement C): 117-121


A copy of the article can be downloaded here:


Abstract: The continuation and exacerbation of many environmental failures illustrate that environmental and climate justice’s influence on decision-making is not being systematically effective, giving rise to a renewed emphasis on finding new, more focused, justice models. This includes the energy justice concept, which has received ready and growing success. Yet for energy justice, a key question keeps arising: what does it add that environmental and climate justice cannot? To answer this question this perspective outlines the origins, successes and failures of the environmental and climate justice concepts, with a view to both distinguishing the energy justice field, and providing cautionary tales for it. It then outlines three points of departure, which it argues increases the opportunity of success for the energy justice concept: (1) “bounding out”, (2) non-anti-establishment pasts and (3) methodological strength. This paper exists to stimulate debate.

 Biography: Dr Kirsten Jenkins is a social scientist with a specific interest in transitions towards clean, socially just energy systems. She serves as a Research Fellow at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Kirsten joined SPRU in December 2016 and is working on a wide range of research projects focusing on energy justice and energy transitions. Alongside her role at CIED Kirsten serves as the Early Career Representative for the Energy Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. She is also guest editor of an Energy Justice Virtual Special Issue in the journal Energy Policy, published between April and June 2017, and Managing Editor of the journal Energy Research & Social Science.