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‘Energy, Power and Protest on the Urban Grid - Geographies of the Electric City’

(28 June 2016)

Andrés Luque-Ayala and Jon Silver, both graduates from our Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy, have just published a book that examines the political dimensions of electricity grids in cities across the world. The book, titled Energy, Power and Protest on the Urban Grid - Geographies of the Electric City (Routledge, 2016), emerged out of the many discussions that John, Andrés and others had whilst at
the CDT. 

Providing a global overview of experiments around the transformation of cities' electricity networks and the social struggles associated with this change, the book explores the centrality of electricity infrastructures in the urban configuration of social control, segregation, integration, resource access and poverty alleviation. Through multiple accounts from a range of global cities (from Rio and Maputo to Berlin and Barcelona, amongst others), this edited collection establishes an agenda that recognises the uneven, and often historical, geographies of urban electricity networks, prompting attempts to re-wire the infrastructure configurations of cities and predicating protest and resistance from residents and social movements alike. Through a robust theoretical engagement with established work around the politics of urban infrastructures, the book frames the transformation of electricity systems in the context of power and resistance across urban life, drawing links between environmental and social forms of sustainability. For a free download of the book's table of contents and introduction. 

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