The project aims to explore the lived experience of energy poverty in Georgia by employing video ethnography to visually depict how energy poverty is manifested in daily lives, and how those who experience it find ways to cope. The project will visually depict the lived experience of energy poverty not only at home but also in “third spaces,” such as libraries, as well as in relation to transportation and working and studying conditions (especially given the need for teleworking and remote learning during the Covid pandemic). The project contributes to internalizing energy poverty research by studying and documenting the reasons for and manifestations of energy poverty in a relatively underexplored geographical context and to broadening the concept of energy poverty by providing evidence that in Georgia energy poverty is a year-round problem.
‘With this research grant I will be able to develop and conduct research about the lived experience of energy poverty in Georgia by using video ethnography methodology. I particularly appreciate this research as it gives me freedom to adjust my methodology given the COVID-19 pandemic realities and enables me to showcase the perspectives that would otherwise be unrecognized.’