Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Niall Dunphy and Breffní Lennon
EUGEO2019 - 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers
Understanding Energy-related Social Mobilisation
NUI Galway
Invited Lectures (Conference)
Optional Fields
Energy transitions of the past have been largely characterised by geopolitical and socio-economic drivers that rarely considered issues of social justice or community cohesion, which invariably arose in response to the systemic reconfigurations involved. The current transition to a low-carbon energy system is a departure from this, both in terms of the level of complexity of intersecting drivers involved and given the increasing realisation that real meaningful citizen participation is needed if it is to be successfully realised. Despite this, results continue to be mixed with local communities actively mobilising to resist energy developments. These local oppositions have been more numerous in countries where citizen participation mechanisms are not associated with the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Consequently, there remains a clear need to us to better understand how citizens can embark on their own participation pathways which foster a just and cohesive energy transition and that better account for the socio-economic and socio-cultural factors which inevitably shape it. A new SEAI-funded project, EnergyPOLITIES explores how governance structures intersect with the socio-economic and key socio-cultural factors, including gender, to influence the social acceptability or otherwise of the energy transition.