Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Energy transition and environmental justice : effects on vulnerable groups and implications for social work
Authors : Suppa, Anna
Steiner, Isabelle
Streckeisen, Peter
et. al : No
Published in : Czech and Slovak Social Work: ERIS Journal
Volume(Issue) : 19
Issue : 4
Pages : 32
Pages to: 47
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Association of Educators in Social Work
ISSN: 1213-6204
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 305: Social groups
333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: Objectives: The submitted paper focuses on the energy transition and its social and economic effects on vulnerable groups. It raws on an empirical study on behalf of the Swiss Federal Housing Office. This contribution insists on the necessity to overcome he gap between energy policy, social policy, and housing policy. Theoretical Base: The paper refers to intersectionality theory. It elaborates on the notion of energy poverty and takes into account research on environmental justice and environmentalism of the poor. Methods: A mixed research approach was chosen, combining qualitative and quantitative methods: exploratory literature review and policy analysis; a quantitative survey among 74 experts; qualitative interviews with 10 vulnerable households and with 5 experts; and expert woprkshops. Outcomes: The chapter on empirical findings addresses the following aspects: impacts of energy poverty on the overall quality of life; problems due to deficient infrastructure and energy-inefficient housing equipment; discriminatory structures on the housing market; and services offered to persons affected by energy poverty. Social Work and Implications: The article concludes that a green social work mandate is needed in order to align the energy transition with environmental justice. Recommendations are given regarding energy policy, housing market, social assistance, and services to households affected by energy poverty.
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Diversity and Social Integration (IVGT)
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Energiewende und die Exklusion von vulnerablen Gruppen
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