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Energy Poverty

(Dis)Assembling Europe's Infrastructural Divide

  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the causes and consequences of energy poverty in Europe and beyond

  • Introduces an explicitly spatial perspective to understandings of energy justice

  • Considers the overlapping policy contexts through which energy poverty is addressed

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stefan Bouzarovski
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Stefan Bouzarovski
    Pages 9-39 Open Access
  4. Stefan Bouzarovski
    Pages 41-73 Open Access
  5. Stefan Bouzarovski
    Pages 75-107 Open Access
  6. Stefan Bouzarovski
    Pages 109-113 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 115-117

About this book


This open access book aims to consolidate and advance debates on European and global energy poverty by exploring the political and infrastructural drivers and implications of the condition across a variety of spatial scales. It highlights the need for a geographical conceptualization of the different ways in which household-level energy deprivation both influences and is contingent upon disparities occurring at a wider range of spatial scales. There is a strong focus on the relationships among energy transformation, institutional change and place-based factors in determining the nature and location of energy-related injustices.

The book also explores how patterns and structures of energy poverty have changed over time, as evidenced by some of the common measures used to describe the condition. In part, this means investigating the makeup of energy poor demographics across various social and spatial cleavages. More broadly, it also argues that energy sector reconfigurations are both reflected in and shaped by various domains of social and political organization, especially in terms of creating poverty-relevant outcomes.


Energy Poverty European Union Energy Policy Spatial Dynamics of European Union Energy Policy European Union Gas Transit Dynamics Global Energy Poverty Policies of Energy Vulnerability Energy Justice Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Stefan Bouzarovski is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, where he leads the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy within the Manchester Urban Institute. He is also an External Professor at the Institute of Geography, University of Gdańsk, Poland, and a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway. Stefan Bouzarovski chairs the European Energy Poverty Observatory and a COST network titled ‘EnergyPovertyAction’.

Bibliographic information


“Stefan Bouzarovski provides a comprehensive academic overview of the multiple issues influencing the extent of fuel poverty, particularly in Europe. He expands on his traditional focus on Eastern and Central Europe and contributes new data on the rapid growth of energy poverty there. And the chapter on EU legislation gives a helpful summary. A useful update and refresher.” (Dr Brenda Boardman, MBE FEI, University of Oxford, UK)

“Energy poverty is a pain and a burden for about 1 billion humans. What are the policies tackling the issue? What help is available for Europeans made prisoners by their energy poverty? This book provides a solid and illuminating reference research contribution.” (Professor Jean-Michel Glachant, Robert Schuman Chair, Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Director of Loyola de Palacio Energy Policy Programme)