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Energy equity and justice in the global energy transition

Energy systems around the world are changing rapidly, accompanied by both new and ongoing economic, social, and justice challenges. In this talk, Dr. Sanya Carley will discuss the currently evolving global energy transition away from fossil fuel energy and toward more low-carbon, efficient, and advanced energy technologies. She will present findings from her collaborative research on the implications of this transition for vulnerable communities, and the importance of a full consideration of the distributional, procedural, and recognition justice challenges faced by such communities.

Dr. Sanya Carley is Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and faculty co-director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a secondary appointment at the Wharton School and is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future. She also co-directs the Energy Justice Lab. Dr. Carley’s research focuses on energy justice and just transitions, energy insecurity, electricity and transportation markets, and public perceptions of energy infrastructure and technologies. With the Energy Justice Lab team, she built and maintains the Utility Disconnection Dashboard. She is an author of the Fifth National Climate Assessment report and a member of the Innovation Policy Forum and the Roundtable on Macroeconomics and Climate-related Risks and Opportunities, respectively, for the National Academies. Dr. Carley received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S. in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.