UCL-Energy Seminar: 'Rethinking national and global energy security' With Dr Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex
Many studies rely on incomplete or inconsistent definitions of energy security, centered on technical and economic aspects such as security of fossil fuel supply or end-user prices but not social and political elements such as sound governance. In addition, many energy security studies focus only on a particular sector (e.g. industrial energy intensity), an individual state, (e.g. Russia), or a specific technology (e.g. “nuclear security”). Little effort to date has occurred trying to measure, track, or quantify energy security, and few attempts have been made to compare energy security dimensions, or the relative strength and weaknesses of different approaches to energy security. This presentation begins by contextualizing the multifarious factors that go into the conceptualization of "energy security" and searching for common patterns of "ideological congruence". How ought energy security in the modern world be conceptualized? How can national performance on it be measured and tracked? How can best practices at improving energy security be identified? How can countries strengthen their energy security relative to others? This presentation explores these important themes, with a topical focus on Europe and the United Kingdom in particular.
Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand which involves the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.
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