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The Routledge Handbook of Energy Security

ISBN 9780415591171
Published February 22, 2011 by Routledge
464 Pages

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Book Description

This Handbook examines the subject of energy security: its definition, dimensions, ways to measure and index it, and the complicating factors that are often overlooked.

The volume identifies varying definitions and dimensions of energy security, including those that prioritize security of supply and affordability alongside those that emphasize availability, energy efficiency, trade, environmental quality, and social and political stewardship.  It also explores the various metrics that can be used to give energy security more coherence, and also to enable it to be measured, including recent attempts to measure energy security progress at the national level, with a special emphasis placed on countries within the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), countries within Asia, and industrialized countries worldwide. 

This Handbook:

• Broadens existing discussions of energy security that center on access to fuels, including "oil security" and "coal security." 

• Focuses not only on the supply side of energy but also the demand, taking a hard look at energy services and politics along with technologies and infrastructure;

• Investigates energy security issues such as energy poverty, equity and access, and development;

• Analyzes ways to index and measure energy security progress at the national and international level.

This book will be of much interest to students of energy security, energy policy, economics, environmental studies, and IR/Security Studies in general.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Definitions and Concepts  Introduction: Defining, Measuring, and Exploring Energy Security Benjamin K. Sovacool  1. Energy Security and Climate Change: A Tenuous Link Gal Luft, Ann Korin and Eshita Gupta  2. The Fuzzy Nature of Energy Security Scott Valentine  3. Evaluating the Energy Security Impacts of Energy Policies David von Hippel, Tatsujiro Suzuki, James H. Williams, Timothy Savage and Peter Hayes  Part 2: Dimensions  4. The Sustainable Development Dimension of Energy Security Ami Indriyanto, Dwi Ari Fauzi and Alfa Firdaus  5. The Maritime Dimension of Energy Security Caroline Liss  6. The Public Policy Dimension of Energy Security Andreas Goldthau  7. The Diversification Dimension of Energy Security Andy Stirling  8. The Environmental Dimension of Energy Security Michael Dworkin and Marilyn Brown  9. The Energy Poverty Dimension of Energy Security Shonali Pachauri  10. The Social Development Dimension of Energy Security Anthony D’Agostino  11. The Energy Efficiency Dimension of Energy Security Nathalie Trudeau  12. The Energy Services Dimension of Energy Security Jaap Jansen and Adriaan J. Van der Welle  13. The Industrial Dimension of Energy Security Geoffrey Pakiam  14. The Competing Dimensions of Energy Security Martin J. Pasqualetti  Part 3: Metrics and Indexing  15. Indicators for Energy Security Bert Kruyt, D.P. van Vuuren, H.J.M. de Vries and H. Groenenberg  16. Measuring Security of Energy Supply with Two Diversity Indexes John Kessels  17. Measuring Energy Security: From Universal Indicators to Contextualized Frameworks Aleh Cherp and Jessica Jewell  18. Applying the Four ‘A’s of Energy Security as Criteria in an Energy Security Ranking Method Larry Hughes and Darren Shupe  19. Measuring Energy Security Performance in the OECD Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown  20. Measuring Energy Security Vulnerability Edgard Gnansounou.  Conclusion: Exploring the Contested and Convergent Nature of Energy Security Benjamin K. Sovacool and Tai Wei Lim

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Benjamin K. Sovacool is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Research Fellow in the Energy Governance Program at the Centre on Asia and Globalization. He is author or editor of four books on energy issues.


'Sovacool has assembled a highly qualified set of contributors. Recommended.' -- Choice, January 2012

'a substantial and original scholarly achievement.' -- Energy Policy

'A comprehensive and in many respects innovative approach to the subject, which will undoubtedly make it a standard work of reference for researchers and practitioners engaged in the field … a powerful, nuanced and diligently researched synthesis of the current energy security debate.' -- International Affairs