The diversity penalty: domestic energy injustice and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom

Bouzarovski, Stefan, Burbidge, Manon, Sarpotdar, Amish and Martiskainen, Mari (2022) The diversity penalty: domestic energy injustice and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 91. a102716. ISSN 2214-6296

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationships between ethnicity and end-use energy injustices in the United Kingdom, focusing on the drivers and experiences of fuel poverty and energy vulnerability among ethnic minorities. In response to a systematic lack of research, evidence and debate, we use evidence from a combination of sources: online open-ended interviews with professionals in the energy and housing sectors, the Ethnicity Boost survey on energy market engagement undertaken by the UK energy regulator (Ofgem) and Citizens Advice, and secondary data from think tanks and government bodies in the energy and housing sectors. Building on conceptual approaches from energy justice scholarship – in terms of recognition, procedural and distributional aspects – we provide insights into how inequalities are manifested, how they persist, and how place-based patterns of deprivation arise through practices of marginalization, precarization and exclusion. We find evidence to suggest that Black African communities, in particular, are affected across multiple axes of vulnerability. We propose directions for future research and policy, foregrounding the need for considering differentiated, intersectional and compounding energy vulnerabilities among ethnic minorities in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ethnic minorities, race, energy poverty, fuel poverty, energy justice
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 15:47
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106500

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