Poverty, climate change and energy security demand awareness about the interlinkages between energy systems and social justice. Amidst these challenges, energy justice has emerged to conceptualize a world where all individuals, across all areas, have safe, affordable and sustainable energy that is, essentially, socially just. Simultaneously, new social and technological solutions to energy problems continually evolve, and interest in the concept of sociotechnical transitions has grown. However, an element often missing from such transitions frameworks is explicit engagement with energy justice frameworks. Despite the development of an embryonic set of literature around these themes, an obvious research gap has emerged: can energy justice and transitions frameworks be combined? This paper argues that they can. It does so through an exploration of the multi-level perspective on sociotechnical systems and an integration of energy justice at the model's niche, regime and landscape level. It presents the argument that it is within the overarching process of sociotechnical change that issues of energy justice emerge. Here, inattention to social justice issues can cause injustices, whereas attention to them can provide a means to examine and potential resolve them.

Energy justice, Sustainability transitions, Transformative innovation, Multi-level perspective, Energy policy
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.02.036, hdl.handle.net/1765/125732
Energy Policy
Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

Jenkins, K., Sovacool, B., & McCauley, D.A. (2018). Humanizing sociotechnical transitions through energy justice: an ethical framework for global transformative change. Energy Policy, 117, 66–74. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.02.036