Energy Transition and Social Justice
Energy sources and systems shape the societies they power. The Just Powers research initiative, led by Dr. Sheena Wilson, is organized around the idea that a power shift—both literally in terms of energy transition and figuratively in terms of social justice—provides a necessary fulcrum around which to mobilize feminist and decolonial politics in the interest of economically, socially, politically, and technologically just futures. How does energy transition provide this opportunity? 1) Energy transition is a first critical step in decarbonizing the environment. 2) Energy transition is a material problem that we can address and imagine incrementally. 3) Just as our current petroculture has been shaped by oil, so too will our futures be shaped around new energy systems and the networks of power that develop around them.