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.
Introduction Part 1: Energy territories and transitions 1. New geographies of the Texas energy revolution 2. A Study of technology and policy in liquid biofuel production in the United States 3. New perspectives on an ancient energy resource: biomass, bioenergy, and emerging bio-economies 4. The changing landscape of biofuels: A global review 5. Geographical pivots and 21st century Eurasian energy flows: an energy heartland from the Arctic to Central Asia 6. Mobile energy and obdurate infrastructure: Distant carbon and the making of modern Europe 7. Emerging countries, cities and energy: questioning transitions 8. Geographies of energy intermediation and governance in the context of low carbon transitions Part 2: Energy Landscapes and the Public 9. The re-scaling of energy politics: UK nuclear facility siting in historical context 10. Re-framing the shale decision: How do we evaluate regional costs and benefits? 11. Siting dynamics in energy transitions: how generating electricity from natural gas saves cherished landscapes 12. Experiencing citizen deliberation over energy infrastructure siting: a mixed method evaluative study 13. Under the curse of coal: mined-out identity, environmental injustice and alternative futures for coal energy landscapes 14. Construction of hydropower landscapes through local discourses: a case study from Andalusia (Southern Spain) 15. Finding locations for endurably objectionable energy-related facilities: The CLAMP policy Part 3: Relational perspectives and the Politics of Energy 16. Governing transitions in energy demand 17. Embedding energy transitions in the community 18. Energy and place-making in informal settlements: a view from Cape Town 19. The energy geographies of incremental infrastructures in Ga Mashie, Accra 20. Exhaustible-renewable wind power 21. Conflictive energy landscapes: Petrocasas and the petrochemical revolution in Venezuela 22. A Luta Continua: Contending high and low carbon energy transitions in Mozambique 23. The politics of forests: Community dimensions of energy resource use
[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