Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am, June 10th, 2022
Speaker: Chuan Liao
(Arizona State University)
Meeting ID: 816 2616 4288
Energy transitions are taking place at an unprecedented pace in the Global South, and facilitating sustainable and just transitions can lead to far more rapid advances in societal wellbeing that would otherwise be infeasible. As attention devoted to sustainable and just energy transition increases, more systematic knowledge about the drivers and impacts of sustainable energy transition is of utmost importance. This presentation examines the emerging discussions in the energy transition literature that highlight the importance of understanding and theorizing the diversity, determinants, impacts, and interactions of energy transitions. Through the energy justice framework, the presentation will address the distributional, recognitional, and procedural issues of energy transition, and investigate where does injustice occur, who is ignored, and whether is the transition process fair.
Professor Chuan Liao is Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He is an interdisciplinary sustainability and environmental scientist. His research interest lies at the intersection of environment, development, and justice. He has worked on topics that include land tenure and land use change, food security, pastoralist mobility and livelihoods, community-based natural resources management, dryland sustainability, and sustainable energy transition. His research includes both theoretical and empirical work, and he has carried out research in East Africa and Central Asia. His recent work has appeared in Science, Nature Food, Landscape Ecology, Development and Change, among other journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of World Development. He received a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from Cornell University in 2015.