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The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies

1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Bouzarovski, Martin J Pasqualetti, Vanesa Castán Broto


386 pages | 64 B/W Illus.

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Energy has become a central concern of many strands of geographical inquiry, from global climate change to the effects of energy decisions on our lives. However, many aspects of the ‘black box’ of relationships at the energy-society interface remain unopened, especially in terms of the spatial underpinnings of energy production and consumption within nations, cities and regions. Debates focusing on the location and nature of energy flows frequently fail to consider the multiple geographical networks that illustrate and explain the distribution of fuels and services around the world.

Providing an integrated perspective on the complex interdependencies between energy and geography, The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies offers a timely conceptual framework to study the multiple facets of energy geography, including security, space and place, planning, environmental science, economics and political science. Illustrating how a geographic approach towards energy can aid decision-making pathways in the domains of social justice and environment, this book provides insights that will help move the international community toward greater cooperation, stability, and sustainability.


[T]his volume on energy geographies provides a diversity of theoretical and empirical perspectives from a range of countries (USA, UK, Macedonia, South Africa, Mozambique among others) useful for scholars and practitioners who wish to have an introduction to and overview of the social sciences of energy.

Ankit Kumar, Local Environment, The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability

Table of Contents


Stefan Bouzarovski, Martin J. Pasqualetti and Vanesa Castan Broto

Part 1: Energy territories and transitions


Stefan Bouzarovski

1. New geographies of the Texas energy revolution

Christian Brannstrom and Matthew Fry

2. A Study of technology and policy in liquid biofuel production in the United States

Peter Kedron and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

3. New perspectives on an ancient energy resource: biomass, bioenergy, and emerging bio-economies

Kirby Calvert, Kean Birch, Warren Mabee

4. The changing landscape of biofuels: A global review

Barry D. Solomon and J. Brad Barnett

5. Geographical pivots and 21st century Eurasian energy flows: an energy heartland from the Arctic to Central Asia

Jessica K. Graybill

6. Mobile energy and obdurate infrastructure: Distant carbon and the making of modern Europe

Corey Johnson

7. Emerging countries, cities and energy: questioning transitions

Sylvy Jaglin and Éric Verdeil

8. Geographies of energy intermediation and governance in the context of low carbon transitions

Ralitsa Hiteva


Part 2: Energy Landscapes and the Public


Martin J. Pasqualetti

9. The re-scaling of energy politics: UK nuclear facility siting in historical context

Karen Bickerstaff and Phil Johnstone

10. Re-framing the shale decision: How do we evaluate regional costs and benefits?

Susan Christopherson

11. Siting dynamics in energy transitions: how generating electricity from natural gas saves cherished landscapes

Richard Cowell

12. Experiencing citizen deliberation over energy infrastructure siting: a mixed method evaluative study

Patrick Devine-Wright and Matthew Cotton

13. Under the curse of coal: mined-out identity, environmental injustice and alternative futures for coal energy landscapes

Bohumil Frantál*

14. Construction of hydropower landscapes through local discourses: a case study from Andalusia (Southern Spain)

Marina Frolova

15. Finding locations for endurably objectionable energy-related facilities: The CLAMP policy

Michael R. Greenberg, Molly Coon, Matthew Camp and Jennifer Whytlaw


Part 3: Relational perspectives and the Politics of Energy


Vanesa Castan Broto

16. Governing transitions in energy demand

Catherine Butler and Karen Parkhill

17. Embedding energy transitions in the community

Sara Fuller

18. Energy and place-making in informal settlements: a view from Cape Town

Scott Jiusto and Stephen M. McCauley

19. The energy geographies of incremental infrastructures in Ga Mashie, Accra

Jonathan Silver

20. Exhaustible-renewable wind power

Alain Nadaï and Olivier Labussière

21. Conflictive energy landscapes: Petrocasas and the petrochemical revolution in Venezuela

Elvin Delgado

22. A Luta Continua: Contending high and low carbon energy transitions in Mozambique

Joshua Kirshner

23. The politics of forests: Community dimensions of energy resource use

Saska Petrova

About the Editors

Stefan Bouzarovski is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester and Director of the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy at the Manchester Urban Institute, UK.

Martin J Pasqualetti is Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, USA.

Vanesa Castan Broto is Senior Lecturer in the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography


A wide ranging, comprehensive and innovative mapping of the geographies of the energy-society interface, The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies is an essential compendium for the scholar of 21st century energy systems. Breaking apart the silos of so much of what passes as the analysis of our hydro-carbon civilization, this collection casts it gaze not only to the prospects and challenges of a transition to a low carbon future but compellingly confirms the need for a complex and sophisticated geographical analysis of what one might call the contemporary energy complex. An indispensable text.

Michael Watts
Class of 63 Professor of Geography and Development Studies
University of California, Berkeley

This timely collection puts questions of energy firmly back on the geographical agenda. Rather than being a taken for granted element of everyday life or a distant geopolitical concern, contributors critically examine how energy matters – access, security, politics, economics, sustainability and justice to name just a few – configure socio-spatial relations. As the richly varied chapters explore, energy is constitutive of some of the fundamental entities of geographical enquiry – from the state to landscape, infrastructure to development. The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies offers a key reference point for the discipline and showcases the contribution geography can make to debates across the social sciences in this rapidly evolving domain.

Harriet Bulkeley
Department of Geography
Durham University, UK

Energy starts with physics, but the rest is geography. Where is the supply, where is the demand, and how does it get from one to the other? How does human geography drive production, use, substitution, waste, and myriad transformations from one form to another? How does economic geography--why people do what they do where they do it--impact primary production, transportation, goods, and services? Reading The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies, one might exclaim, "Who knew energy and geography could be so complicated?" Or, one might read the entire book and never think twice about how much complexity is presented painlessly.

Jerome Dobson
Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science
University of Kansas, USA