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Call for Papers: Rethinking barriers to sustainable rural energy access
Royal Geographical Society (RGS), IBG
Call for Papers/Abstracts
Globally, over 10% of the world population does not have access to electricity, and 40% do not have access to clean fuels for cooking - and levels of access are much lower in rural areas. At the same time that political pressure to improve access globally is increasing, however, the rapid onset of climate change imposes structures on the type and intensity of energy access globally.
Despite technologies continually developing and achieving economies of scale, global energy access targets continue to be unmet. Projects are too often engineered through the lens of technological and economic aspirations rather than attending to the specific needs and aspirations of individual communities.In this session questions that explore this idea further will be addressed as well as investigating the critical importance (and limitations) of the social scale of energy access, with a view to extending practical social methodologies. Also the reasons for the slow progress towards universal energy access will be explored and interrogate how energy access is defined or understood, as well as questioning the premise of the existing energy access goals.