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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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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

low-carbon transitions has emerged, engaging a variety of approaches that aim to understand and influence discourses on mobility and mobile practices, yet a cross-disciplinary dialogue in the field is only just beginning to develop. 1 This

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Pluralizing Mobilities Theory for Post-carbon Futures and Social Justice

Mimi Sheller

Automobility, Low-carbon Transitions, and Mobility Justice As we have argued for two decades in the interdisciplinary field of critical mobilities studies, dominant mobility systems involve interlocking socioecological practices, racial regimes, industrial

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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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The Transformation of Urban Mobility Practices in Maastricht (1950–1980)

Coevolution of Cycling and Car Mobility

Marc Dijk, Anique Hommels, and Manuel Stoffers

Socio-Technical Analysis of Low-Carbon Transitions: Introducing the Multi-Level Perspective into Transport Studies,” Journal of Transport Geography 24 (2012): 471–482, ; Frank Geels, “Disruption and Low

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Lessons from the Framing Contest over UK Shale Development

Impotence and Austerity in Environmental Politics

Laurence Williams

“net-zero” and the low-carbon transition are underpinned by optimistic or even unrealistic ecological modernist thinking. Conclusion The discursive contest over shale development lasted around a decade in the UK until persistent seismicity

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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