Energy poverty: have we got the measure of it?

Joy S. Clancy, Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Margaret Njirambo Matinga

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    At the macro-level it has long been accepted that there is a strong relationship between energy and economic growth (IDS, 2003). In the 1990s, the development discourse began to focus on the effects that economic growth has had on poverty. However, an interest in the links between energy and poverty took more time to emerge$^2$ Indeed, energy as an enabling factor in social transformations at the micro-level has not played a major role in the development discourse. Energy, unlike other infrastructure-related sectors such as water, transport and ICT, has also not been a central topic within the social sciences, including anthropology. The recent interest in climate change has focused on energy as the problem not part of the solution, particularly for the poor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUKDSA Annual meeting
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2013
    EventUKDSA Annual meeting, University of Birmingham, 16 November: UKDSA Annual meeting - Birmingham
    Duration: 16 Nov 2013 → …


    ConferenceUKDSA Annual meeting, University of Birmingham, 16 November
    Period16/11/13 → …


    • METIS-300903
    • IR-88738


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