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A cure-all for energy poverty? Thinking critically about energy advice

Simcock, N and Bouzarovski, S (2023) A cure-all for energy poverty? Thinking critically about energy advice. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183

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Dramatic increases in global energy prices in 2022 have sharpened focus on the suffering experienced by people living in energy poverty – a situation where they are unable to afford the energy required to meet their basic needs. In many countries, providing energy advice to householders is part of a wider strategy to assist those who are experiencing such hardship. However, little research scrutinises whether and how energy advice can be useful in reducing vulnerability to energy poverty. It is this research gap we address here. Drawing on an extensive qualitative dataset, we find that efforts to provide tailored, in-person advice can help to partially ameliorate energy poverty, but its impacts are limited by structural factors that are beyond the immediate influence of advisors or individual citizens. Energy advice should be seen as a supplement to, not a replacement for, more ambitious and transformative political action that addresses the structural and institutional drivers of inequality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1605 Policy and Administration; 1606 Political Science; 1607 Social Work; Political Science & Public Administration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 09:30
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 09:20
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/02610183231219185
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22149
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