The Social Dynamics of Energy Transformations

Dealing with transformation of the energy supply will require a significant redistribution of both risk and benefits not only to governments but to individuals and communities. Continuation of coal and purchase of carbon abatement (e.g. through the REDD+ scheme) potentially has significant effects for people whose livelihood depends on the forest. A turn to gas, such as coal seam gas, has potentially negative effects on farm land, the development of wind also has generated concern in some communities. This research investigates the way relationships between local communities, governments and energy companies can best be developed to ensure the best outcomes for both climate and community.

Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships including grievances and multinational enterprises, centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. Her most recent book is Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Hart Publishing, 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas.