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Eating, heating or taking the bus? Lived experiences at the intersection of energy and transport poverty

Martiskainen, M, Hopkins, D, Torres Contreras, GA, Jenkins, KEH, Mattioli, G, Simcock, N and Lacey-Barnacle, M (2023) Eating, heating or taking the bus? Lived experiences at the intersection of energy and transport poverty. Global Environmental Change, 82. ISSN 0959-3780

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Experiences of poverty can manifest in multiple aspects of everyday life, often in interlinking ways. One example is ‘double energy vulnerability’, where a household faces both energy poverty and transport poverty simultaneously. This can result in trade-offs, where prioritising one essential need (e.g., transport) makes accessing another impossible (e.g., heating). Such decisions are not easily made, and they can have distinct spatio-temporal characteristics. They can vary between space and time and across different household members, and result in stark inter- as well as intra-household differences. People with socio-demographic and contextual vulnerabilities are particularly at risk of experiencing double energy vulnerability. Based on 59 household interviews across the four nations of the United Kingdom, we provide novel, multi-nation empirical evidence on the lived experiences of double energy vulnerability, drawing on our themes; ‘being locked into infrastructure’, ‘facing high costs and low incomes’, ‘choosing between energy and transport’, and ‘missing out’. A cross-national lived-experiences approach sheds light on double energy vulnerability as a relational, contingent and ongoing phenomena, attending to everyday experiences and capacities. We provide suggestions for further research, such as further study of double energy vulnerability amongst refugees and migrants. We also highlight that the study of lived experiences can aid the recognition of how different forms of poverty intersect and how they need to be taken into account in the design of Net Zero policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2023 07:50
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 08:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102728
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20451
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