The Energy Justice Lab is a research collaboration between Indiana University (IU) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), co-directed by Dr. David Konisky of IU and Dr. Sanya Carley of Penn. The Lab mission is to explore, measure, and improve the equity and justice dimensions of society’s ongoing energy transition. Meet the team
How does the energy transition affect equity and justice?
Communities across the world are experiencing an energy transition. This transition is primarily marked by a shift from fossil fuels to embrace diverse, efficient, and low-carbon energy sources. The transformation isn’t just technological; it encompasses revolution of economy, governance, and environment. Learn more here.
The benefits and harms of the energy transition are not dispersed equally; some reap the benefits, while others bear disproportionate burden. For example, new energy technologies demand different forms of mineral extraction; frontline workers in fossil fuel communities face economic and social displacement due to closure of longstanding industry.
Our research group focus
Our interdisciplinary research group takes on multifaceted dimensions of the energy transition to define and understand energy justice. We explore the challenges and vulnerabilities individuals and communities face on the frontline of this transition. We research the justice and equity dimensions of the transition to ensure no one is left behind. Our aim is to generate insights to inform policy at local and national levels to promote a fair and sustainable energy transition that benefits all members of society.