Casanova district: planning an exemplary urban development in Italy

Guest contributors Roberta Pernetti and Marco Castagna present urban planning processes in the city of Bolzano and their monitoring research

Moving beyond the polemic: Shale gas as a focal point for discussion on key energy issues

Unconventional gas exploitation has recently become a hot political issue across Europe (and the UK in particular), supplementing the intense public interest and controversy that it has continuously attracted in the US. University of Manchester doctoral researcher Craig Thomas reflects on his own work on the issue, as well as relevant recent and forthcoming work within the Centre forContinue reading “Moving beyond the polemic: Shale gas as a focal point for discussion on key energy issues”

Rapidly growing informal settlements could be the key to sustainable urban energy system transformation

In our latest guest post, Mukesh Gupta discusses the relevance of an often overlooked aspect of global urbanisation processes – the use of energy by residents of informal settlements living in the cities of developing countries. Mukesh is currently a PhD student of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University workingContinue reading “Rapidly growing informal settlements could be the key to sustainable urban energy system transformation”

Introducing … “Fuel poverty measurement in Europe: a pilot study”

Our latest guest post focuses on a new project funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, and co-ordinated by Harriet Thomson and Dr Carolyn Snell at the University of York. Until April 2014, they will conduct a collaborative study of fuel poverty measurement in Europe by developing a pilot survey of fuel poverty in eight EU MemberContinue reading “Introducing … “Fuel poverty measurement in Europe: a pilot study””

The rise of the networked ghetto

Continuing our series of guest contributions about energy poverty in the Balkans, Rosalina Babourkova reflects on issues around electricity use in Roma settlements in Bulgaria and Macedonia.  Since my first visit to a Roma settlement in Bulgaria in 2007, I have been forever fascinated with electricity meters. The politics of electricity metering in Roma settlementsContinue reading “The rise of the networked ghetto”

Guest contribution – Untangling the puzzle of energy policy in Bulgaria

Continuing our previous discsussion about the (de)politicization of energy policy, this month’s last guest contribution takes a closer look at the current political and energy crisis in Bulgaria. It is written by Ralisa Hiteva – an energy geographer at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, whose doctoral research titled GeographiesContinue reading “Guest contribution – Untangling the puzzle of energy policy in Bulgaria”