This book explores how, in the wake of the Anthropocene, the growing call for urgent decarbonisation and accelerated energy transitions might have unintended consequences for energy poverty, justice and democracy, especially in the global South.

Dilemmas of Energy Transitions in the Global South brings together theoretical and empirical contributions focused on rethinking energy transitions conceptually from and for the global South, and highlights issues of justice and inclusivity. It argues that while urgency is critical for energy transitions in a climate-changed world, we must be wary of conflating goals and processes, and enquire what urgency means for due process. Drawing from a range of authors with expertise spanning environmental justice, design theory, ethics of technology, conflict and gender, it examines case studies from countries including Bolivia, Sri Lanka, India, The Gambia and Lebanon in order to expand our understanding of what energy transitions are, and how just energy transitions can be done in different parts of the world. Overall, driven by a postcolonial and decolonial sensibility, this book brings to the fore new concepts and ideas to help balance the demands of justice and urgency, to flag relevant but often overlooked issues, and to provide new pathways forward.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy transitions, environmental justice, climate change and developing countries.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003052821 has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|17 pages

Urgency vs justice

A politics of energy transitions in the age of the Anthropocene
ByAnkit Kumar, Auke Pols, Johanna Höffken
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chapter 2|21 pages

Insights from an assemblage perspective for a (better) understanding of energy transitions

Facing the challenge of sustainability in Lebanon’s energy crisis
ByDana Abi Ghanem
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chapter 3|16 pages

Constructing an inclusive vision of sustainable transition to decentralised energy

Local practices, knowledge, values and narratives in the case of community-managed grids in rural India
ByAnna Melnyk, Abhigyan Singh
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chapter 4|23 pages

Bolivia’s energy transition in harmony with nature

Reality or delusion?
ByPaola Villavicencio-Calzadilla, Romain Mauger
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chapter 5|15 pages

Scalar biases in solar photovoltaic uptake

Socio-materiality, regulatory inertia and politics
BySiddharth Sareen
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chapter 6|18 pages

Energy transitions in a post-war setting

Questions of equity, justice and democracy in Sri Lanka
ByGz. MeeNilankco Theiventhran
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chapter 7|23 pages

Energising change

Clean cooking and the changing social position of women
ByMini Govindan, Rashmi Murali
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chapter 8|20 pages

“Women don’t ride bicycle[s], only men ride bicycles”

Gender and justice in mobility transitions
ByMary Greene, Anne Schiffer
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chapter 9|9 pages

Energy transitions in the global South

Towards just urgency and urgent justice
ByJohanna Höffken, Auke Pols, Ankit Kumar
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