Energy and Society is the first major text to provide an extensive critical treatment of energy issues informed by recent research on energy in the social sciences. Written in an engaging and accessible style it draws new thinking on uneven development, consumption, vulnerability and transition together to illustrate the social significance of energy systems in the global North and South. The book features case studies, examples, discussion questions, activities, recommended reading and more, to facilitate its use in teaching. Energy and Society deploys contemporary geographical concepts and approaches but is not narrowly disciplinary. Its critical perspective highlights connections between energy and significant socio-economic and political processes, such as globalisation, urban isation, international development and social justice, and connects important issues that are often treated in isolation, such as resource availability, energy security, energy access and low-carbon transition.

Co-authored by leading researchers and based on current research and thinking in the social sciences, Energy and Society presents a distinctive geographical approach to contemporary energy issues. It is an essential resource for upperlevel undergraduates and Master’s students in geography, environmental studies, urban studies, energy studies and related fields.

chapter |14 pages


A critical perspective on energy–society relations

part I|6 pages

Energy, spaces and flows

chapter 1|28 pages

Resource landscapes

chapter 2|25 pages

Economic landscapes

chapter 3|26 pages

Infrastructural landscapes

chapter 4|21 pages

Geopolitical landscapes

part II|102 pages

Securities, vulnerabilities and justice

chapter 5|20 pages

Energy poverty and vulnerability

chapter 7|25 pages

Energy controversies and conflicts

chapter 8|23 pages

Energy securities

part III|60 pages

Transitions, governance and futures

chapter 9|30 pages

Past transitions

chapter 10|24 pages

Future transitions