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.

part 1|122 pages

Energy territories and transitions

chapter |5 pages


chapter 3|14 pages

New perspectives on an ancient energy resource

Biomass, bioenergy, and emerging bio-economies

chapter 4|18 pages

The changing landscape of biofuels

A global review

chapter 5|16 pages

Geographical pivots and 21st-century Eurasian energy flows

An energy heartland from the Arctic to Central Asia

chapter 6|11 pages

Mobile energy and obdurate infrastructure

Distant carbon and the making of modern Europe

chapter 7|15 pages

Emerging countries, cities and energy

Questioning transitions

part 2|114 pages

Energy landscapes and the public

chapter |5 pages


chapter 9|14 pages

The re-scaling of energy politics

UK nuclear facility siting in historical context

chapter 10|14 pages

Re-framing the shale decision

How do we evaluate regional costs and benefits?

chapter 11|17 pages

Siting dynamics in energy transitions

How generating electricity from natural gas saves cherished landscapes

chapter 13|17 pages

Under the curse of coal

Mined-out identity, environmental injustice and alternative futures for coal energy landscapes (The case of the Most region, Czech Republic)

chapter 14|17 pages

Construction of hydropower landscapes through local discourses

A case study from Andalusia (southern Spain)

part 3|129 pages

Relational perspectives and the politics of energy

chapter |5 pages


chapter 18|18 pages

Energy and place-making in informal settlements

A view from Cape Town

chapter 21|17 pages

Conflictive energy landscapes

Petrocasas and the petrochemical revolution in Venezuela

chapter 22|15 pages

A Luta Continua

Contending high and low carbon energy transitions in Mozambique

chapter 23|14 pages

The politics of forests

Community dimensions of energy resource use