What is energy geography? Energy geography is the study of energy’s spatial dimensions, and the use of geographical concepts to understand energy issues. Energy is integral to social and spatial relationships, linking physical and human factors. Energy systems involve both social and technical aspects, which shape each other. This means that energy geography must necessarily be interdisciplinary. Geographical studies of energy have incorporated methods and ideas from a wide range of disciplines, including economics, cultural studies, political economy, political science, legal studies, history, sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, urban planning, GIScience, and civil engineering–just to name a few. Whether analyzing patterns of human energy production’s environmental impacts, tracing transnational energy commodity chains, or assessing the justice implications of energy developments, energy geographers mobilize a diversity of approaches to further our understanding of these complex issues.
This guide serves as a general resource on energy geography as well as a guide for students in GEG 229. It was created Librarian Anna Hulseberg and Professor Tiffany Grobelski.
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"Winter Harbour - Cycling in Winter in Copenhagen" by Mikael Colville-Andersen is licensed under CCO 1.0
Review articles summarize the current state of research on a particular topic and are a good place to start. These two articles provide overviews of the field of energy geography:
Power Surge: Are We Finally on the Brink of a Clean Energy Revolution?
Call Number: Audio Visual TD195.E49 .N68 2011
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
Call Number: Audio Visual HD9560.5 .P74 1992
SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories
Call Number: Audio Visual HD9567.L6 S65 2010
Climate Justice: Unearthing the Climate Crisis as an Issue of Human Suffering (25th Annual Building Bridges Conference, 2020)
Climate Changed: Facing Our Future (Nobel Conference 55, 2019)
Celebrating 50 Years of the Nobel Conference: Where Does Science Go from Here? (Nobel Conference 50, 2014)
Heating Up: The Energy Debate (Nobel Conference 43, 2007)
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