Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

CET Lunch: Double energy vulnerability in an under-privileged neighbourhood

Welcome to our virtual and physical seminar with Morten Rye Loe, PhD candidate at University of Stavanger.

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Our speaker will attend digitally. Participants can sign up and tune in via stream, or turn up at CET where lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Now more than ever are people poised to experience various forms of energy poverty. The current high level of electricity prices seen on the European continent, also in Norway, coupled with historically high fuel prices have dramatically lowered the threshold for households and individuals to experience energy vulnerability first-hand. The continuation of this dual energy crisis might change the ways people interact with, and relate to, energy both at the household level and in everyday transport behaviour. The connection between household related domestic energy poverty (DEP) and transport energy poverty (TEP) is gaining scholarly attention as the transport system is being increasingly digitalised and electrified, while households gradually transition into ‘smart’ digital systems that economically reward or punish energy users based on their ‘flexibility’ and demand side energy practices. It is therefore important to understand how and where this Double Energy Vulnerability (DEV) connects, and how it is experienced within a given context. 

In our study, done several months before the onset of the energy crisis, we used the case of Østre Bydel in Stavanger, a historically underprivileged area, to explore ways to study the intersection between DEP and TEP. The socio-economic conditions of the sub-urban area, coupled with the specific spatial conditions (i.e., uneven access to public transport, car-centric infrastructure) offered a fitting context to test our methodology. Our fieldwork aimed to shed light on potential indicators that suggested incidents of DEV. We found that DEP and TEP were interrelated as those more likely to experience DEP due to a combination of socio-economic factors, were also impeded in their everyday transport options. In this CET Lunch we will look at results and what implications they have for our understanding of Double Energy Vulnerability. We will also discuss the context of Norway with a highly electrified and increasingly digitalised energy and transport system and its implications for future social development with reference to energy poverty, social inclusion, and equity.


About the speaker:

Morten Ryen Loe is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Media, and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger since 2021. His social scientific research touches upon the fields of Sustainability Transition research, Energy Social Science, Science and Technology Studies and Human Geography. Morten is broadly interested in the social aspects of change and is drawn towards questions about socio-material relationships, power dynamics, and agency within processes of socio-material transitions and transformations. His doctoral project revolves around social justice aspects of ongoing mobility and transport transition on the local scale of Stavanger and Bergen. Adopting qualitative methodologies and new-materialist theoretical approaches the research aims to answer critical questions pertaining to the forms of exclusion (and inclusion) embedded in the processes of change that might constitute the future mobility system and the socio-spatial context of these cities.