Energy Justice in Global Perspective Sawyer Seminar is a collaborative effort to develop critical and creative research practices in energy justice by building on emergent work in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. At the heart of this project is conviction that movements, practices and debates among indigenous communities worldwide and societies of the Global South are central and not auxiliary to understanding humanity’s deep embroilment with carbon-based energy. Our interdisciplinary programs engage around these guiding questions: 

  • How are frontline and indigenous communities disproportionately affected by entrenched energy regimes and ignored in energy justice debates?
  • Why have such injustices been normalized and perpetuated in energy transitions?
  • How can scholars work with communities to address social and ecological inequities?

Energy Justice in Global Perspective is a 2018-2019 Mellon Sawyer Seminar funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About the Project

Protests against HidroAysén, a large hydroelectric project, in Coyhaique, Aysén, Chile. February 2011, photo by J. Barandiaran.

Protests against HidroAysén, a large hydroelectric project, in Coyhaique, Aysén, Chile. February 2011, photo by J. Barandiaran.

Rural residents in Jiangsu, China opposed eviction due to the construction of the solar manufacturing cluster, May 2014, photo by Jia Ching Chen.

Rural residents in Jiangsu, China opposed eviction due to the construction of the solar manufacturing cluster, May 2014, photo by Jia Ching Chen.

Prime farmland in Jiangsu Province, China has been fallowed for construction of a new solar manufacturing cluster, May 2014, by Jia Ching Chen.

Prime farmland in Jiangsu Province, China has been fallowed for construction of a new solar manufacturing cluster, May 2014, photo by Jia Ching Chen.

An uninsulated waste heat ducts links two coal-fired power plants and a planned industrial park in the remains of a village in Jiangsu Province, China, May 2014, by Jia Ching Chen.

Kite mapping disappearing wetlands on the Louisiana Gulf Coast with members of the Public Lab community, March 2016, photos by Janet Walker.

Kite mapping disappearing wetlands on the Louisiana Gulf Coast with members of the Public Lab community, March 2016, photos by Janet Walker.

Kite mapping disappearing wetlands on the Louisiana Gulf Coast with members of the Public Lab community, March 2016, photos by Janet Walker