Contemporary Trends I. - Energy Poverty

The aim of the course is to present students latest concepts (energy justice, energy poverty, energy vulnerability…), which have recently started to influence our energy-security thinking. The course aims to present the students numerous forms of “domestic energy deprivation”, which occur in the world. Although, in its most general sense, “energy poverty” could be described as a matter of “access” in developing countries vs. “affordability” in developed world, it encompasses various regional, national and local specifities. By attending the course, the students will be able to explain, what is it about; understand the most common causes and consequences of energy poverty with its health, economic, social and other implications; and evaluate energy poverty alleviation policies and measures through critical reflection of facilitating factors and barriers. As such, the students conceptual and analytical skills will be strengthened. The student´s workshop (held at the end of the course) serves as an opportunity to apply acquired theoretical knowledge to a given case study; increase his/her presentational skills; and confront his/her ideas in a debate.