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Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions

Edited By

Kathleen Araújo

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ISBN 9781032023502
December 19, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
520 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions draws upon a unique and multidisciplinary network of experts from around the world to explore the expanding field of energy transitions.

This Handbook recognizes that considerable changes are underway or are being developed for the modes in which energy is sourced, delivered and utilized. Employing a socio-technical approach that accounts for economics and engineering as well as more cross-cutting factors, including innovation, policy and planning, as well as management, the volume considers contemporary ideas and practices that characterize the field. The book explores pressing issues including choices about infrastructure, the role of food systems and materials, sustainability and energy democracy. Disruption is a core theme throughout, with the authors examining topics such as digitalization, extreme weather, and COVID 19, along with regional similarities and differences. Overall, The Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions advances the field of energy transitions by connecting ideas, taking stock of empirical insights and challenging how we think about the theory and practice of energy systems change.

This innovative volume functions as an authoritative roadmap with both regional and global relevance. It will be an essential resource for students, policymakers, researchers and practitioners researching and working in the fields of energy transitions, planning, environmental management and policy, sustainable business, engineering, science and technology studies, political science, geography, design anthropology, and environmental justice.

Table of Contents



  1. The Evolving Field of Energy Transitions (Kathleen Araújo)

  3. A Roadmap for Concepts and Theory of Energy Transitions (Kathleen Araújo)
  4. Green Growth and Post Growth: Economic Framing in Low Carbon Energy Transitions (Timothy Foxon)
  5. Critical Connections in Material Transitions and Energy Transitions
    (Marianne Zotin, Pedro Rochedo, Joana Portugal Pereira, Alexandre Szklo, Roberto Schaeffer)
  6. The Effect of Values and Unarticulated Identities on Energy Policy
    (Joshua Brinkman and Richard Hirsh)
  7. Advancing Legal and Practical Recognition with the Non-Human Right to Energy
    (Guilherme Pratti, Alex Putzer, and Lorenzo De Marinis)
  8. Phases of the Net-Zero Energy Transition and Strategies to Achieve It
    (Jochen Markard and Daniel Rosenbloom)


  10. Integrated Refining and the Oil and Gas Sector in a Deeply Decarbonized World
    (Madhav Acharya, Deborah Gordon, Uday Turaga, Swati Singh)
  11. The Role of Food Systems in Energy Transitions (Bruno Cunha, Joana Portugal Pereira, Alexandre Szklo, and Roberto Schaeffer)
  12. Energy Transitions in Latin America through the Lens of Vulnerability and Resilience: Insights from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico (Adolfo Mejia-Montero, N.R. Leon-Rodriguez, B. Lorenzo-Yera, J.G. Louis-Cordova,
    D. Diaz-Florian, H. Thompson, T. Robles-Bonilla, J.M. Romero-Bravo, K.G. Cedano-Villavicencio, Y. Delgado-Triano)
  13. Transformation of the Danish Wind Turbine Industry through Path Creation
    (Peter Karnoe and Raghu Garud)
  14. The International Political Economy of Cross-Border Electricity Trade in East Asia
    (Clare Richardson-Barlow)
  15. Reactive Decarbonization in Cuba and Venezuela (Donald Kingsbury)
  16. South Africa: Building a Green Hydrogen Products Superpower
    (Tobias Bischof-Niemz and Terence Creamer)
  17. Decarbonization of the Heating Sector through Direct Use of Geothermal Energy
    (Jack Kiruja and Fabian Barerra)

  19. The Role of Carbon Pricing in Energy-transitions Research and Policy
    (Jeroen van den Bergh and Wouter Botzen)
  20. Planning for the Future of Existing Onshore Renewable Energy Infrastructure
    (Rebecca Windemer)
  21. The Policies and Politics of Missed Opportunity for a Post-Fukushima Energy Transition (Masahiro Matsuura)
  22. People, Politics and Place: An Interdisciplinary Agenda for the Governance of Urban Energy Transitions (Darren Sharp, Sarah Pink, Rob Raven, and Megan Farrelly)
  23. Mapping the Use of Public Policy Theories in Energy Transitions Research
    (Nihit Goyal, Araz Taeihagh, and Michael Howlett)


  25. Intentional and Responsible Energy Transitions (Clark A. Miller, Yiamar Rivera-Matos, Angel Echevarria, Gary Dirks)
  26. Reducing Mobility-related Energy Use in Future Cities: The Planning Process for Urban Mobility in the City-district of Dietenbach in Freiburg, Germany
    (Arian Mahzouni)
  27. Energy Services-led Transformation (Charlie Wilson, Caroline Zimm, Arnulf Grubler)
  28. The Emerging Demand-side Paradigm in the Power Sector (Fereidoon Sioshansi)
  29. Rethinking Energy Democracy (Jennifer Keahey, Majia Nadesan, Martin J. Pasqualetti)
  30. Whose Transition? Citizen Participation in the Energy System (Niall Dunphy and Breffni Lennon)
  31. The Human Development Paradigm and Social Value of Energy (Saurabh Biswas, Faheem Hussain, Mary Jane Parmentier)
  32. Planning and Designing Inclusive Solar Energy Infrastructures (Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian)    CONCLUSION
    (Kathleen Araújo, Tim Foxon, Jochen Markard, Rob Raven, Roberto Schaffer)



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Kathleen Araújo, Editor, is Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor at Boise State. She earned her PhD at MIT, and specializes in energy transitions, regional diversification, innovation, and resilience. She is the author of Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation.


"Most studies on energy transitions emphasize the need for non-fossil fuels to solve the current problems of the world’s energy problems. This book gives a refreshingly broader view: an energy transition with innovation and changes of behavior as key factors." 

Professor José Goldemberg, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lead Author for the World Energy Assessment and Co-Chair of the Global Energy Assessment  

"This is an important book for those interested in the crucial aspect of the energy transition to a decarbonized economy. As climate change has become a threat multiplier for global insecurities, we need to move as rapidly as possible, informed by sound analysis such as what these authors provide, to transition our energy systems."

Sherri Goodman, Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate
& Security; and Senior Fellow, Wilson Center

"This volume provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the ongoing energy transition. It provides an excellent introduction for students and practitioners alike."

Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College, United Kingdom, and IPCC Working Group III Chair  

"The great energy transition of the 21st century is well underway – and it is accelerating. Those of us working in the field hope to see by mid-century a fundamentally new global energy system built on a backbone of renewable energy. Understanding this transition is key to realizing this vision and this work provides a critical view from a multi-disciplinary perspective addressing the economic, policy, innovation and management aspects of the energy transition."

Katherine Dykes, Head of Section, Systems Engineering & Optimization, DTU Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark   

"Energy transitions are frequently mentioned but poorly understood with too much focus on utopian technical perspectives without considering the wider socio-economical and philosophical impacts that will affect all communities. This Handbook helps to address this imbalance through careful curation to provide a comprehensive overview of the essential aspects needing to be considered when devising energy policies and assessing their effectiveness. The Handbook should be essential reading for everyone who wants to enable just and effective energy transitions for all."

Martin Young, former Senior Director, World Energy Council

"Humanity needs to do something unprecedented: foster a complete transformation of a vital technological infrastructure in less than a decade. And not just any infrastructure, but the world's energy system. Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions sets a foundation for everyone to better understand the choices in all aspects of the challenge, making it a must read."

Greg Unruh, Arison Chair in Values Leadership; Associate Professor, Sustainable Business Strategy and Social Innovation, George Mason University; and Strategic Partner of the United Nations Global Compact

"With considerable accumulated expertise, Dr. Araújo has produced important international work on energy transitions. The Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions continues this tradition. This book highlights regional energy insights from Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America, with valuable take-aways for global energy policies. More broadly, this Handbook brings attention to diverse aspects of energy transitions, primarily triggered by the necessity of the increasing use of low-carbon energy sources. As such, this book serves as a valuable reference for energy researchers and policymakers.

Jose R. Moreira, Senior Professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lead Author, IPCC Special Report, Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer  

"This Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions is a guide to the ongoing transformations taking place, and the possible pathways to an - as yet - unrealized low-carbon energy future. Each of the proposed technological options is covered comprehensively and authoritatively. Of equal importance is the attention given to the requirements for an accompanying economic and societal transition that will eventually stabilize atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases at concentrations that "avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. As this volume makes clear, the transition to wondrous, low carbon technologies can and must be affordable and acceptable to individuals and societies. This is recommended reading for anyone wanting to understand energy transitions."

Bill Moomaw, Member, National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists; Chair of the Board of Climate Group North America; Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, the Fletcher School, Tufts University