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Understanding the multiple harms of energy poverty through the Nussbaum’s theory of central capabilities

Pellicer-Sifres, V, Simcock, N and Boni, A (2021) Understanding the multiple harms of energy poverty through the Nussbaum’s theory of central capabilities. Local Environment, 26 (8). pp. 1026-1042. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

It is widely recognised that energy poverty can have serious and detrimental impacts upon multiple aspects of people’s well-being and life quality. This paper seeks to provide a multi-dimensional and theoretically-attuned account of the relations between energy poverty and well-being, through the use of the Capabilities Approach and specifically Nussbaum’s normative theory of Central Capabilities. Drawing on interviews with 109 households in 4 European countries, we demonstrate how 6 of the 10 Central Capabilities – namely Bodily Health, Emotions, Affiliation, Play, Practical Reason and Senses, Imagination & Thought – can be directly harmed by energy poverty. Our findings strengthen claims that energy poverty should be considered a serious form of (energy) injustice. We conclude by reflecting on the implications of our work for energy poverty research and policy, and the opportunities opened up by adopting the Capabilities Approach.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Local Environment. Understanding the multiple harms of energy poverty through the Nussbaum’s theory of central capabilities. Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, Neil Simcock &Alejandra Boni. The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. Pages 1026-1042 | Received 04 Dec 2020, Accepted 24 Jun 2021, Published online: 06 Aug 2021 Download citation https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1952968. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 05 Environmental Sciences, 12 Built Environment and Design, 16 Studies in Human Society
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 11:18
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:08
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1952968
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15378

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