DFA General Seminars

Ethic, justice, and why energy transition is more than a technological challenge

by Prof. Emilka Skrzypek (Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK)

1/1-1 - Aula "A. Rostagni" (Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia - Edificio Marzolo)

1/1-1 - Aula "A. Rostagni"

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia - Edificio Marzolo


Abstract: The effects of anthropogenic climate change are incontrovertible. Despite the science, the solutions to our crisis are still subject to relentless controversy and dispute. 

One of the most strongly promoted pathways out of this planetary problem is a so-called energy transition - a move away from reliance on fossil fuels, and towards low-carbon energy systems. 

As scientists and engineers work towards developing and producing new energy technologies, we are reminded that energy transition is more than a technological challenge. It also has political, financial, and societal dimensions. In this talk, we will consider the multiplicity of those dimensions, and ask - what is the role of justice and ethics in the energy transition?

Dr Emilka Skrzypek isa Lecturer in Anthropology and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews. She has over a decade of experience in conducting social science research in extractive contexts and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland.
Focused on the challenge of reconciling our demand for natural resources and energy with our concerns for sustainability and climate change, her research work to date has looked at extractive industries, with a regional focus on Oceania. Her research explores the nexus of interdependencies that form around resource extraction, and the interplay between global economic and political forces, and local processes and realities – particularly in the context of a ‘just transition’ to low carbon energy systems.

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