Quality of whose life? Prosperity by another name?

In his third post on this blog, Joe Ravetz, Co-director of CURE, gives a critical overview of prosperity indexes. He formulates and develops the idea of synergistic prosperity.

Energy poverty in Lithuania: diagnosis (part 2)

In her second blog post, Nora Mzavanadze provides a critical analysis of the current status of residential energy efficiency renovation programmes in Lithuania and presents her views on the existing barriers to such investments. Barriers to building renovation Under the circumstances described in the previous post – Energy poverty in Lithuania: symptoms (part1) – we […]

Energy poverty in Lithuania: symptoms (part 1)

In her first post for this blog, Nora Mzavanadze, PhD candidate of Central European University (CEU) and independent consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), examines key aspects of domestic energy deprivation in Lithuania. Her analysis of the current situation highlights the burden that district heating costs represent for Lithuanian urban households and the […]

The Energiewende: ‘for’ or ‘with’ Europe?

Dr Alexander Wochnik, a member of CURE and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, reflects on some of the implications of Germany’s new ‘Grand’ coalition agreement for the ongoing low carbon transition. His piece also provides rare insights into an issue that is currently at the margins of current academic and policy debates – the implications of the Energiewende for Germany’s relations with its neighbouring countries in the EU.

Beyond the ‘sustainable city-region’ – prospects for urban intelligence

Joe Ravetz reviews experience from ‘CURE-1’ (Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology), and the prospects for ‘CURE-2’ – Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy. The text is based on an editorial for the Special Issue on ‘Urban Ecology and Resilience’, Town and Country Planning, October 2013.