Two new EVALUATE working papers published

The last week has seen the publication of two working papers containing some of the latest results of research undertaken within the EVALUATE project. The first paper is titled ‘From fuel poverty to energy vulnerability: the importance of services, needs and practices’ and is now listed in the University of Sussex SPRU Working Paper series.Continue reading “Two new EVALUATE working papers published”

Call for participants: Workshop on ‘Energy, austerity, informality: Exploring the everyday politics of urban infrastructure’

The Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy at the University of Manchester is organising a one-day workshop on ‘Energy, austerity, informality: Exploring the everyday politics of urban infrastructure’. The workshop will take place in Manchester on the 21st of May 2014. The workshop aims to explore the diverse conceptual debates focusing on the nexus of everyday practicesContinue reading “Call for participants: Workshop on ‘Energy, austerity, informality: Exploring the everyday politics of urban infrastructure’”

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) – weContinue reading “Energy poverty in Lithuania: diagnosis (part 2)”

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 theContinue reading “Energy poverty in Lithuania: symptoms (part 1)”

France: new approaches towards tackling urban fuel poverty

In our latest guest post, Ute Dubois (ISG International Business School, Paris) discusses the relevance of the rural-urban divide for the understanding of energy poverty in France and for assessing the suitability of past and new policy approaches for the alleviation of energy poverty. Ute’s analysis highlights the differences between rural and urban typologies ofContinue reading “France: new approaches towards tackling urban fuel poverty”

Energy use in Thailand: Impressions

I recently spent a few weeks travelling around Thailand, a journey that included the visit to the country’s two main cities – Bangkok and Chiang Mai. In those places, but also in other urban and non-urban locations, one cannot but notice certain manifest characteristics of Thailand’s energy systems. Though primarily a tourist’s impressions, the fourContinue reading “Energy use in Thailand: Impressions”

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”