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Examining the Dynamics of Energy Demand through a Biographical Lens

Catherine Butler, Karen Anne Parkhill, Fiona Shirani, Karen Henwood, and Nick Pidgeon

It is widely recognized that a major challenge in low carbon transitioning is the reduction of energy consumption. This implies a significant level of transformation in our ways of living, meaning the challenge is one that runs deep into the fabric of our personal lives. In this article we combine biographical research approaches with concepts from Bourdieu's practice theory to develop understanding of processes of change that embed particular patterns of energy consumption. Through an analysis of “case biographies” we show the value of biographical methods for understanding the dynamics of energy demand.

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Automobility and Oil Vulnerability

Unfairness as Critical to Energy Transitions

Ana Horta

al. 2013 ; Jenkins et al. 2016 ; Jenkins et al. 2018 ). In this perspective, which has evolved from a broader environmental justice approach, the equity implications of low-carbon transition policies need to be considered. As contended by Mimi

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Rethinking Adaptation

Emotions, Evolution, and Climate Change

Debra J. Davidson

emotions that new collective endeavors (like a low-carbon transition) are made possible, or old pathways of resistance (continued reliance on fossil fuels) reinforced. This proposition has emerged from a few different lines of inquiry. The first involves

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The Metrics of Making Ecosystem Services

Pamela McElwee

, Heather . 2015 . “ The Multiple Communities of Low-Carbon Transition: an Assessment of Communities Involved in Forest Carbon Measurement .” Local Environment 20 ( 11 ): 1363 – 1382 . doi:10.1080/13549839.2014.905515 . 10