FPRN bulletin – 1st August 2022

1 August 2022

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The FPRN email bulletin is a semi-regular email highlighting a handpicked selection of recently published research and other knowledge outputs in the area of fuel/energy poverty from around the world. The aim is to share this emerging knowledge more widely and to help generate discussion across the network.

If you have any issues accessing the below articles, or you have articles, research or other information we could share, please contact newsletter@fuelpovertyresearch.net

Who is vulnerable to energy poverty in the Global North, and what is their experience? (website)
Lucie Middlemiss (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

The research in this paper uses a realist evaluation approach to summarize the empirical literature on the experience of energy poverty in the Global North to characterize who tends to be vulnerable to this problem. The paper shows how energy poverty links to poverty, and how people from commonly disadvantaged social categories are more likely to experience energy poverty. Drawing upon the evidence, the paper concludes by discussing the weaknesses and gaps in the current literature, and suggesting avenues of research for the future.

Energy Poverty and the Green Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Qualitative Analysis of Africa-EU Cooperation on SDG7 (pdf)
Chiara Fischetti (2022)
 Report  Other  Open Access 

This thesis explores the Africa-EU cooperation on SGD7 in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research identified five main factors inhibiting improved outcomes including the focus on small-scale residential access to energy rather than large-scale energy infrastructure, poor choice of energy poverty indicators and definitions, issues of governance, limited focus on the economic opportunities and challenges with relationships between the two locations.

Energy consumer sentiment survey (website)
Energy Consumers Australia (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

Energy Consumers Australia’s Sentiment Survey provides insight into consumer satisfaction, experiences, trust and confidence in the electricity and gas markets in Australia. The survey also explores consumers’ hopes and concerns for the future and this latest survey looks specifically at the community’s attitudes, preferences and expectations of the big energy transitions taking place across Australia.

Energy Poverty, Practice, and Policy (website)
Catherine Butler (2022)
 Other  Open Access 

This new open access book examines the implications of welfare policy for energy poverty and engages with key conceptual debates guiding energy demand research. Through different ways of thinking about energy demand and energy poverty issues, the book responds to critiques of social-practice-informed analyses of energy demand that highlight the limited attention given to inequalities within such work.

Scales of Energy Poverty: Understanding Energy Justice Through Spatial Analysis (YouTube)
Josh Randall (2022)
 Video  Open Access 

This brief presentation explores the challenges of using data from inappropriate scales to address energy poverty issues. The presenter discusses how improved use of spatial tools and analysis will better identify hidden energy poverty in North Carolina (USA) and beyond.

We’re also producing a special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty. Seven articles have already been published and more will follow soon.

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