Energy Justice Hub (ENJUST)

ENJUST was a 6 month seed-corn project (starting from the 1st of February 2022) supported by the Faculty of Humanities Research Recovery Funds at the University of Manchester.

The project was aimed at harmonizing and unifying energy justice research across the University of Manchester. ENJUST also introduced insights from the engagement and data collection methods employed in the University’s highly impactful and influential work on living labs within Manchester and beyond. ENJUST developed new tools to detect, quantify and monitor energy inequalities across the world, establishing the building blocks for a Global Energy Poverty Observatory.

The project had three tangible outcomes:

  • A policy evaluation matrix that was used to develop a comparative study of energy poverty policies in four energy community countries. Read the paper that was published as a result of this study.
  • A retrofit platform to map community-based energy upgrading initiatives across the UK and beyond. Access the platform.
  • A global geo-spatial, multi-criteria analysis to identify 10 comparator cities across the world, to capture social and spatial differences along four axes: access to clean domestic fuels, income levels, housing typologies, health inequalities. Geographical equidistance – allowing for global coverage – was a fifth criterion. The comparator cities that were eventually chosen were Cape Town, Hong Kong, Manchester, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York City, São Paolo, Sofia and Sydney. They will be used as a basis for developing a Global Energy Poverty Observatory.