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Conceptual Frameworks and New Frontiers in Energy Justice with Benjamin K. Sovacool

Friday, January 13, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Renaissance Room

Is our global energy system fair? Who will suffer the most from climate change? In what ways are current energy technologies infringing upon the capabilities of future generations? Dr. Benjamin Sovacool's presentation explores how concepts from justice and ethics can inform energy decision-making and highlight the futurity, fairness, and equity dimensions of energy production and use.

"Energy justice" is defined as a global energy system that fairly distributes both the benefits and costs of energy services, and one that contributes to more representative and inclusive energy decision-making. Such an assessment brings together core understandings of distributional and procedural justice alongside cosmopolitan interpretations of equity and recognitional notions of fairness

Benjamin K. SovacoolBenjamin K. Sovacool is the Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit at the School of Business, Management, and Economics part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as director of the Sussex Energy Group and director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand. Professor Sovacool is the author of more than 330 referenced articles, book chapters, and reports. He is the recipient of 20 national and international awards and honors, including the 2015 "Dedication to Justice Award" given by the American Bar Association. 

This presentation is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Law School Energy, Environment and Land Use Program and the Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.