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Energy Democracy: A Pathway to Just, Equitable, and Democratic Energy Transitions

Energy Democracy: A Pathway to Just, Equitable, and Democratic Energy Transitions

DATE: Thursday, February 3 2022
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm MST
LOCATION: Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public
1 hour CLE (pending)

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag


Energy democracy is a social movement and a research area that is focused on the question of how to ensure that ongoing energy transitions are as democratic, just, and equitable as possible. Dr. Endres is the co-editor on the newly released Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy (Routledge, 2022), a transdiciplinary anthology that uses a social science and humanities lens to explain key concepts, present state-of-the-art research, and highlight key on-the-ground practices of energy democracy. The book addresses the issues of energy access, ownership, and participation at a time when there are expanding social, political, environmental, and economic demands on energy systems. Endres will present a conceptual framework that guides research on energy democracy and offer examples from several of the chapters in the book.


Danielle Endres (Ph.D., University of Washington) is Professor of Communication at the University of Utah. She is also affiliated faculty in the Environmental Humanities Program and the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of science and environmental controversies including nuclear waste siting decisions, climate change, and energy transitions. She is currently working with her graduate student, Nico Hernandez, on a three-year project to better understand practices of energy democracy in Puerto Rico. Endres’s research is guided by principles of environmental justice and often focuses on how underrepresented groups and Indigenous Nations engage in science and environmental decision-making. Endres is the co-author of Participatory Critical Rhetoric: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Studying Rhetoric In Situ and the co-editor of several books, including the Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy. She has also published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication, Argumentation, Argumentation & Advocacy, and Local Environment. The National Science Foundation and several fellowships from the University of Utah have funded her research. Outside of work, Endres enjoys walking in the mountains, reading mystery books, seeing live music, and visiting national parks with her partner and two kids.



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