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Caprotti, Federico, Phillips, Jon, Petrova, Saska, Bouzarovski, Stefan, Essex, Stephen, de Groot, Jiska, Baker, Lucy, Reddy, Y and Wolpe, P (2021) ''Candles are not bright enough': Inclusive urban energy transformations in spaces of urban inequality.' In: Keith, M and de Souza Santos, A.A, (eds.), African Cities and Collaborative Futures: Urban Platforms and Metropolitan Logistics. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 121-142. (Global Urban Transformations)

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In this chapter, we discuss the key issue of how to envisage a just, fair and equitable energy transformation in the South African context. We argue that the move towards a new energy landscape cannot simply be described as a transition, but more accurately (in light of the need to involve multiple scales and actors, and to manage complex development outcomes) as a societal transformation. We also ask the key question of what a just and equitable transformation might look like in the context of South Africa in 2030. The chapter was co-written by scholars with multiple theoretical perspectives and backgrounds, and by practitioners at Sustainable Energy Africa, a Cape Town-based organisation centrally involved in promoting urban energy transformations that are both low carbon and equitable.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9781526155351
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 17:20
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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