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Handbook on the Geographies of Energy

Edited by Barry D. Solomon, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, US and Kirby E. Calvert, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Canada
This extensive Handbook captures a range of expertise and perspectives on the changing geographies and landscapes of energy production, distribution, and use. Combining established and emerging scholarship from across disciplines, the expert contributions provide a broad overview of research frontiers for the changing geographies of energy worldwide. Interdisciplinary in nature and broad in scope, it serves to answer a range of questions and provide the reader with conceptual and methodological foundations.
Extent: c 576 pp
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Publication Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 561 4
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This extensive Handbook captures a range of expertise and perspectives on the changing geographies and landscapes of energy production, distribution, and use. Combining established and emerging scholarship from across disciplines, the expert contributions provide a broad overview of research frontiers for the changing geographies of energy worldwide. Interdisciplinary in nature and broad in scope, it serves to answer a range of questions and provide the reader with conceptual and methodological foundations.

The conversation spans the gamut from smart grids to alternative fuels, discussed in a range of settings from India to Nigeria and from Brazil to North America, highlighting the ways in which new energy technologies and consumer dynamics are changing the way people, places, and the physical world are interconnected through energy systems. In addition to a compendium of regional case studies, the Handbook identifies emerging conceptual and methodological frameworks that help us better understand energy and energy transitions.

Unique in scope and breadth, this Handbook’s dual purpose as a capsule for existing and emerging geographical perspectives on energy will be of immense value to students and scholars in the social sciences, environmental sciences, and humanities. Policymakers and planners will also benefit from the novel perspectives and the illuminating exploration of geographic information systems, community energy planning, and energy landscapes.
‘An intellectual cornucopia for geographers and indeed all others concerned about energy sustainability. Featuring an all-star roster of scholars and covering a mix of interdisciplinary topics spanning energy fuels, landscapes, justice, politics, and ecology, it belongs on the bookshelf of every energy analyst.’
– Benjamin K. Sovacool, University of Sussex, UK and Aarhus University, Denmark
Contributors include: J.E. Baka, R.E. Baxter, K. Bickerstaff, M.J. Blair, S. Bouzarovski, G. Bridge, K. Burchell, L. Cabral, K.E. Calvert, V. Castán Broto, D. Chatti, P.M. Connor, E.B. Davis, N. Dusyk, K. Ellegård, C. Enaux, K.-H. Erb, M. Finley-Brook, D. Fitzpatrick, P. Gerber, J.K. Graybill, H. Haberl, J.H. Haggerty, H. Haniotou, C. Harrison, A. Hesse, P. Huang, P. Johnstone, F. Krausmann, P. Le Billon, H. Leck, A. Livino, K. Lo, E.P. Louie, W.E. Mabee, S.M. McCauley, B. Mitchell, D. Mulvaney, M. Niedertscheider, J. Palm, P. Parker, M.J. Pasqualetti, S. Petrova, P. Picchi, E.J. Popke, N. Simcock, H.C.M. Smith, B.D. Solomon, J.D. Stephen, J.C. Stephens, R. Stock, S. Stremke, M.J. Taylor, H. Thomson, M.T. Tolmasquim, D. van der Horst, M.J. Watts, E. Webb, M.D. Woodworth, K.S. Zimmerer
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: energy and the geographical traditions
Barry D. Solomon and Kirby E. Calvert

PART 1 FUELS
2. Energy for the world’s kitchens: biomass for survival in the past, present, and future
Matthew J. Taylor

3. Bedrock of modernity: coal and its uses past and present
Max D. Woodworth

4. The politics of oil in the Anthropocene
Philippe Le Billon and Gavin Bridge

5. A horse that has left the barn: expanding geographies of natural gas
Julia H. Haggerty

6. Exploring nuclear geographies: from uranium mine to waste facility
Philip Johnstone

7. The changing geographies of biorefining
Kirby E. Calvert, Jamie D. Stephen, M. Jean Blair, Laura Cabral, Ryan E. Baxter and Warren E. Mabee

8. Alternative transportation fuels: pathways to new geographies
Ethan B. Davis and Kirby E. Calvert

PART II ENERGIES
9. Hydropower’s fluid geographies
Mary Finley-Brook

10. Geographical dimensions of wind power
Martin J. Pasqualetti and Barry D. Solomon

11. Geographies of solar power
Dustin Mulvaney

12. Geography of geothermal energy technologies
Edward P. Louie and Barry D. Solomon

13. Geography of marine renewable energy technologies
Peter M. Connor and Helen C.M. Smith

PART III ENERGY CONSUMPTION: SECTORS AND END USE
14. Residential energy consumption from a time-geographic perspective
Jenny Palm and Kajsa Ellegård

15. Energy efficiency programs in China
Kevin Lo

16. Energy and transportation: the need for an energy transition
Christophe Enaux, Philippe Gerber and Helene Haniotou

17. Changing human geographies of the electricity grid: shifts of power and control in the renewable energy transition
Stephen M. McCauley and Jennie C. Stephens

PART IV CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF ENERGY PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND USE
18. Energy landscapes of less than two degrees global warming
Dan van der Horst

19. Europe’s energy geographies
Harriet Thomson and Stefan Bouzarovski

20. Nodes, networks and inefficiency: understanding Russia’s energy landscapes
Jessica K. Graybill

21. Changing geographies of energy in North America
Warren E. Mabee, Laura Cabral and Emma Webb

22. Brazil’s energy outlook
Mauricio T. Tolmasquim and Angela Livino

23. Energy disparities and (under)development in sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Stock

24. Oil worlds: life and death in Nigeria’s petro-state
Michael J. Watts

25. India’s energy geographies: a critical introduction
Deepti Chatti

26. Co-designing energy landscapes: application of participatory mapping and geographic information systems in the exploration of low carbon futures
Sven Stremke and Paolo Picchi

27. Urban energy transitions: spatial organization, political contestations and urban governance
Ping Huang and Vanesa Castán Broto

28. Global energy transitions: a long-term socioeconomic metabolism perspective
Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb, Fridolin Krausmann and Maria Niedertscheider

PART V ENERGY AT THE NEXUS
29. Energy, water & food: towards a critical nexus approach
Hayley Leck, Daniel Fitzpatrick and Kevin Burchell

30. Energy poverty and vulnerability: a geographical perspective
Neil Simcock and Saska Petrova

31. Geographies of energy justice: concepts, challenges and an emerging agenda
Karen Bickerstaff

32. Governance at the intersection of health and energy
Arielle Hesse

PART VI LOOKING FORWARD: CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES IN ENERGY GEOGRAPHIES
33. Political and social ecologies of energy
Karl S. Zimmerer

34. Political-industrial ecologies of energy
Jennifer E. Baka

35. Critical energy geographies
Conor Harrison and E. Jeffrey Popke

36. Community energy: diverse, dynamic, political
Nichole Dusyk

37. Energy geography: adopting and adapting resource management perspectives
Bruce Mitchell and Paul Parker

Index