Energy Communication: Theory and Praxis Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

Brian Cozen, Danielle Endres, Tarla Rai Peterson, Cristi Horton, Joshua T Barnett

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Abstract

This essay comments and expands upon an emerging area of research, energy communication, that shares with environmental communication the fraught commitment to simultaneously study communication as an ordinary yet potentially transformative practice, and a strategic endeavour to catalyse change. We begin by defining and situating energy communication within ongoing work on the discursive dimensions of energy extraction, production, distribution, and consumption. We then offer three generative directions for future research related to energy transitions as communicative processes: analysing campaigns’ strategic efforts, critically theorizing energy’s transnational power dynamics, and theorizing the energy democracy movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Communication
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation STS Division [grant number SES 1329563] and National Science Foundation STS Division [grant number SES 1550227].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Activism
  • climate change
  • energy communication
  • energy democracy
  • just transitions

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