Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal: A conceptual review

Authors: Kacper Szulecki & Indra Overland Journal Article in: Energy Research & Social Science (2020) . ‘Energy democracy’ has evolved from a slogan used by activists demanding a greater say in energy-related decision-making to a term used in policy documents and scholarly literature on energy governance and energy transitions. This article reviews the academic literature using […]

What’s next for the European coal heartland? Exploring the future of coal as presented in German, Polish and Czech press

Authors: Jan Osička, Jörg Kemmerzell, et al. Journal Article in: Energy Research & Social Science (2020) This article addresses the future of coal in the European coal heartland, i.e. in the area of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, which together account for nearly 57% of coal consumption and 87% of coal-mining jobs in […]

Unpacking the right-populist threat to climate action: Poland’s pro-governmental media on energy transition and climate change

Authors: Piotr Żuk and Kacper Szulecki, Journal Article in: Energy Research and Social Science (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101485 Is populist politics a threat to ambitious climate action and decarbonisation of energy systems? With the coinciding challenges of an alleged global ‘populist wave,’ and the growing visibility of a planetary climate crisis, this issue has gained relevance. […]

Europe’s greenest Commission ever faces an unprecedented challenge as the clock ticks

Author: Kacper Szulecki, Blog post at: Dahrendorf Forum (2020) The Von der Leyen Commission displays unprecedented environmental policy ambitions and appears to be the greenest in EU history. However, it is also facing challenges of overwhelming magnitude, and it will work under societal pressure unseen in this policy area. Can its flagship European Green Deal […]

Securitization and state encroachment on the energy sector: Politics of exception in Poland’s energy governance

Author: Kacper Szulecki, Journal Article published in: Energy Policy (2020) (available in Open Accesss) DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.111066  As energy security becomes a key topic of policy debates, not least in Central and Eastern European states, which are vulnerable to gas supply disruptions from Russia, it has been suggested that EU energy policy becomes ‘securitized’. However, full securitization […]

Between domestic politics and ecological crises: (De)legitimization of Polish environmentalism

Authors: Julia Szulecka and Kacper Szulecki, Journal Article published in: Environmental Politics (forthcoming 2020) (available in Open Accesss)DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1674541  While political environmentalism played an important role in social mobilization against communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe before 1989, throughout the 1990s and early 2000s conservationism appeared to be in decline across the region, and external pressure from European […]

„Bez atomu w naszym domu” – Protesty antyatomowe w Polsce po 1985 roku

Authors: Tomasz Borewicz, Kacper Szulecki and Janusz Waluszko; Monograph; Publisher: European Solidarity Center, Gdansk, 2019 Czy katastrofa w Czarnobylu przyczyniła się do upadku komunizmu? Skąd wziął się polski ruch ekologiczny i dlaczego po 1989 roku nie stworzył silnej politycznej reprezentacji? Niniejsza monografia umiejscawia antyatomowe protesty, które przetoczyły się przez Polskę w latach 1985–1990, w szerszym […]

Polish Environmental Movement 1980-2017 (De)legitimization, Politics & Ecological Crises

Authors: Julia Szulecka and Kacper Szulecki; ESPRi Working Paper No. 6, 2017; Available in Open Access Why has the Polish government decided to give in to environmental protesters in the widely publicised case of the Rospuda River (2006-2007) but chooses to ignore both EU pressure and domestic activism the ongoing protests against the logging of the […]

Towards a common EU energy policy? German and Polish debates

Authors: Andreas Heinrich, Julia Kusznir, Aleksandra Lis, Heiko Pleines, Karen Smith Stegen and Kacper Szulecki ESPRi Policy Brief no. 2, 2016 The recently proposed overarching concept of a European “Energy Union” stresses the importance of regional cooperation, as it has become clear that absent increased coordination and cross-border cooperation, more obstacles than synergies may emerge. […]

Energy democratization? Societal Aspects of De-Carbonization in the German and Polish Energy Sectors

Authors: Kacper Szulecki, Andrzej Ancygier and Dariusz Szwed ESPRi Working Paper no 5, 2015 Development of renewable sources of energy has not only a significant impact on the power system but also on society. It has the potential to replace the existing conventional sources of energy with never-ending renewable sources, while at the same time […]

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