Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SL

United Kingdom

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/373957

Department of Business Technology & Development

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“  I work as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy justice, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, my research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, the ethics and morality of energy decisions, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.  ”

Scholarly Papers (48)

1.

The Avian and Wildlife Costs of Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power

Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences vol. 9, no. 4, December 2012, 255-278, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 04-13
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 09 Jan 2013
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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wind power, avian mortality, wind turbines

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Deploying Off-Grid Technology to Eradicate Energy Poverty

Science, vol. 338, 5 October 2012, 47-48, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 05-13
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 09 Jan 2013
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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energy access, electrification, energy poverty, energy and development

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States, Markets, and Institutions: Integrating International Political Economy and Global Energy Politics

The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy, 2016
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 25 Sep 2016
Ghent University, Science Policy Research Unit, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Hampshire College
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International Political Economy; Energy

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Design Principles for Renewable Energy Programs in Developing Countries

Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 9157-9162, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 06-13
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 10 Jan 2013
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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energy access, electrification, energy poverty, energy and development

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Contested Regionalism in Southeast Asia: The Politics of the Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline Project

CAG Working Paper No. 002
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 03 Nov 2010
Toby James Carroll and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy - Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Science Policy Research Unit
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ASEAN, trans-ASEAN gas pipeline (TAGP), energy governance

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Individual Behavior, the Social Sciences, and Climate Change

Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper, 15-20
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 06 Aug 2015 Last Revised: 13 Aug 2015
Michael P. Vandenbergh and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Vanderbilt University - Law School and Science Policy Research Unit
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Individual Behavior; Households; Norms; Beliefs; Climate Change Mitigation

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Public Participation in China's Energy Governance: The Non-Case of Chongqing Green Volunteers v. Yangzonghai Power Company

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 25 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 26 Mar 2012
Adam J. Moser and Benjamin K. Sovacool
affiliation not provided to SSRN and Science Policy Research Unit
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China energy governance, China public participation, China environmental courts, public interest standing, China energy security public participation

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Quantifying the Health and Environmental Benefits of Wind Power to Natural Gas

Energy Policy 53 (2013) 429-441, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 03-13
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 09 Jan 2013
Donald R. McCubbin and Benjamin K. Sovacool
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Science Policy Research Unit
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Environmental Issues, Climate Changes, and Energy Security in Developing Asia

Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 399, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 17-14
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 14 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 22 Mar 2015
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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environment, water policy, climate change, energy security, Asia-Pacific

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The Barriers to Energy Efficiency in China: Assessing Household Electricity Savings and Consumer Behavior in Liaoning Province

Energy Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1202-1209, 2009, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP10-17
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 19 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 16 Nov 2011
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Dianshu Feng and Vu Ming M. Khuong
Science Policy Research Unit, National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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Liaoning Province, energy efficiency, household electricity consumption

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Urban Electrification: Knowledge Pathway Toward an Integrated Research and Development Agenda

Number of pages: 20 Posted: 22 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 10 Sep 2019
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University of Colorado Boulder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Arizona State University (ASU), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Science Policy Research Unit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and University of Chicago
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Developing Asia and the Electricity Sector: Dynamics, Trends and Policy Implications

East Asian Policy, Vol. 2, No.3, pp. 81-95, 2010, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP10-16
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 19 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 28 Sep 2011
Vu Ming M. Khuong and Benjamin K. Sovacool
National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Science Policy Research Unit
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Energy Access and Energy Security in Asia and the Pacific

Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 383
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 12 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 20 Oct 2014
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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energy access, energy and development, energy poverty, indoor air pollution

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Cobenefits and Trade-Offs of Green and Clean Energy: Evidence from the Academic Literature and Asian Case Studies

Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 502
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 08 Jan 2017
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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climate change

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The Energy Trilemma and the Smart Grid: Implications Beyond the United States

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 70-84, January 2017, Crawford School Research Paper
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 22 Feb 2017
Jeannie Oliver and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Independent and Science Policy Research Unit
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smart gid, energy trilemma, energy security, sustainable development, communication

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Decarbonization and Its Discontents: A Critical Energy Justice Perspective on Four Low-Carbon Transitions

Climatic Change, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Mari Martiskainen, Andrew Hook and Dr Baker
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
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energy justice, climate justice, environmental justice

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Elite Power in Low-Carbon Transitions: A Critical and Interdisciplinary Review

Energy Research & Social Science 57 (2019) 101242
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marie Claire Brisbois
Science Policy Research Unit and University of Sussex
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Energy transitions, Energy justice, Climate justice, Political economy

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Energy Justice: Conceptual Insights and Practical Applications

Applied Energy 142 (2015) 435–444
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Michael Dworkin
Science Policy Research Unit and Vermont Law School
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Energy justice, Environmental justice, Fuel poverty, Energy and equity

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How Long Will It Take? Conceptualizing the Temporal Dynamics of Energy Transitions

Energy Research & Social Science 13 (2016) 202–215
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 30 Aug 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Time, Speed, Energy Transition, Socio-Technical Transition

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The Whole Systems Energy Injustice of Four European Low-Carbon Transitions

Global Environmental Change 58 (2019) 101958
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Andrew Hook, Mari Martiskainen and Dr Baker
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
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Energy transitions, Energy justice, Energy policy, Climate policy, Whole systems

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The Roles of Users in Electric, Shared and Automated Mobility Transitions

Transportation Research Part D 71 (2019) 1–21
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Jonn Axsen and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Science Policy Research Unit
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Automated vehicles, Shared mobility, Electric vehicles, Car-share, Ride-hailing, Consumer behavior

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Conceptualizing and Measuring Energy Security: A Synthesized Approach

Energy 36 (2011) 5343-5355
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Ishani Mukherjee
Science Policy Research Unit and National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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Energy security, Security of supply, Energy poverty

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Beyond Batteries: An Examination of the Benefits and Barriers to Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Transition

Energy Policy 37 (2009) 1095–1103
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Richard Hirsh
Science Policy Research Unit and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Vehicle-to-grid, Transportation policy

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Ordering Theories: Typologies and Conceptual Frameworks for Sociotechnical Change

Social Studies of Science 2017, Vol. 47(5) 703–750
Number of pages: 100 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and David J. Hess
Science Policy Research Unit and Vanderbilt University
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agency, discourse, justice, social theory, sociotechnical systems, structure

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Internationalizing the Political Economy of Hydroelectricity: Security, Development and Sustainability in Hydropower States

Review of International Political Economy, 26:1, 49-79, 2019
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Gotz Walter
Science Policy Research Unit and International School of Management
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Energy security; hydroelectric dams; hydropower; resource curse; water wars; renewable energy; major hydropower states; sustainable development

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Sociotechnical Transitions for Deep Decarbonization

Science Vol 357 (6357) (September 22, 2017), pp. 1242-1244
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Frank Geels, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Tim Schwanen and Steven Robert Sorrell
University of Manchester, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Utrecht and University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
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climate policy, energy policy, sustainability transitions, decarbonisation

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Rejecting Renewables: The Socio-Technical Impediments to Renewable Electricity in the United States

Energy Policy 37 (2009) 4500–4513
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Renewable energy, Renewable electricity, Renewable power

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What Are We Doing Here? Analyzing Fifteen Years of Energy Scholarship and Proposing a Social Science Research Agenda

Energy Research & Social Science 1 (2014) 1–29
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Content analysis, Media content analysis, Energy studies research

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Reducing Energy Demand through Low Carbon Innovation: A Sociotechnical Transitions Perspective and Thirteen Research Debates

Energy Research & Social Science 40 (2018) 23–35
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
University of Manchester, University of Utrecht, University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex and Science Policy Research Unit
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Energy efficiency, Energy end use, decarbonisation, Multilevel perspective on transitions

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Climate change adaptation and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF): Qualitative insights from policy implementation in the Asia-Pacific

Climatic Change (2017) 140:209–226
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 06 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Björn-Ola Linnér and Richard J. T. Klein
Science Policy Research Unit, Linkoping University and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
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Climate Change Adaptation, Adaptive Capacity, Resilience, Vulnerability

Competing Dimensions of Energy Security: An International Perspective

Annual Review of Environment & Resources 35 (2010), pp. 77–108
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown
Science Policy Research Unit and Georgia Institute of Technology
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energy policy, energy poverty, energy vulnerability, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), security of supply

Competing Dimensions of Energy Security: An International Perspective

Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 35, pp. 77-108, 2010
Posted: 11 Nov 2010
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown
Science Policy Research Unit and Georgia Institute of Technology

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Twelve Metropolitan Carbon Footprints: A Preliminary Comparative Global Assessment

Energy Policy 38 (2010) 4856–4869
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown
Science Policy Research Unit and Georgia Institute of Technology
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Carbon footprint, Metropolitan areas, Climate change

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The Political Economy of Technological Capabilities and Global Production Networks in South Africa’s Wind and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Industries

Political Geography 60 (2017) 1-12
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Dr Baker and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and Science Policy Research Unit
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Technological capabilities, Global production networks, Wind, Solar photovoltaics, Local content, South Africa, Renewable electricity, Renewable energy

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Reviewing, Reforming, and Rethinking Global Energy Subsidies: Towards a Political Economy Research Agenda

Ecological Economics 135 (2017) 150–163
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 07 Oct 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Subsidy Reform, Energy Policy, Subsidies, Subsidy

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Cornucopia or Curse? Reviewing the Costs and Benefits of Shale Gas Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 37 (2014) 249–264
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Natural gas, Unconventional natural gas, Fracking, Hydrofracking

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It’s About Dam Time: Improving Microhydro Electrification in Tanzania

Energy for Sustainable Development 17 (2013) 378–385
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Eric Adebayo, Benjamin K. Sovacool and Sara Imperiale
Independent, Science Policy Research Unit and Independent
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Microhydro, Rural Electrification, Energy Poverty

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Policy Mixes for Incumbency: Exploring the Destructive Recreation of Renewable Energy, Shale Gas ‘Fracking,’ and Nuclear Power in the United Kingdom

Energy Research & Social Science 33 (2017) 147–162
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Philip Johnstone, Andy Stirling and Benjamin K. Sovacool
University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex and Science Policy Research Unit
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Incumbency, Politics, Energy policy, Socio-technical

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The Political Economy of Energy Poverty: A Review of Key Challenges

Energy for Sustainable Development 16 (2012) 272–282
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Energy access, Energy poverty, Rural electrification

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Promoting Novelty, Rigor, and Style in Energy Social Science: Towards Codes of Practice for Appropriate Methods and Research Design

Energy Research & Social Science 45 (2018) 12–42
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 06 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Jonn Axsen and Steven Robert Sorrell
Science Policy Research Unit, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
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Validity, Research methods, Research methodology, Interdisciplinary research, Research excellence

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Valuing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Nuclear Power: A Critical Survey

Energy Policy 36 (2008) 2940-2953
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit
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Nuclear power, Lifecycle analysis, Greenhouse gas emissions

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Energy Governance, Transnational Rules, and the Resource Curse: Exploring the Effectiveness of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

World Development Vol. 83, pp. 179–192, 2016
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Gotz Walter, Thijs Van de Graaf and Nathan Andrews
Science Policy Research Unit, International School of Management, Ghent University and Queen’s University
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resource curse, transparency, transnational rules, good governance, EITI

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The Demographics of Decarbonizing Transport: The Influence of Gender, Education, Occupation, Age, and Household Size on Electric Mobility Preferences in the Nordic Region

Global Environmental Change 52 (2018) 86–100
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 07 Sep 2019
Science Policy Research Unit, Nuvve, University of Oxford - Oxford University Transport Studies Unit and Aarhus University
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Sustainability transitions, Low-carbon transport, Electric vehicle adoption, Vehicle-to-grid, Electric mobility

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International Political Economy and Renewable Energy: Hydroelectric Power and the Resource Curse

International Studies Review, vix058, doi/10.1093/isr/vix058
Posted: 15 Feb 2018
Kathleen J. Hancock and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Colorado School of Mines and Science Policy Research Unit

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renewable energy, hydroelectric power, resource curse, international political economy

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Climate Change and Global Energy Security: Technology and Policy Options

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP11-038 CAG, The MIT Press, Forthcoming
Posted: 09 Feb 2012
Marilyn A. Brown and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Georgia Institute of Technology and Science Policy Research Unit

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climate change, energy security, energy technology, ethanol, cookstove, wind power, greenhouse gas, emissions

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And then What Happened?: A Retrospective Appraisal of China's Renewable Energy Development Project (REDP)

Renewable Energy, Vol. 36, No. 11, pp. 3154-3165, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP11-12
Posted: 26 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 22 Mar 2015
National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Science Policy Research Unit and National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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renewable energy, hydropower, electricity, solar home systems

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Bridging the Gaps in Global Energy Governance

Global Governance, Vol. 17, pp. 57-74, 2011 , Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP11-01CAG
Posted: 16 Mar 2011
Ann Florini and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Singapore Management University - School of Social Sciences and Science Policy Research Unit

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global governance, energy policy, global energy governance, energy security

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Pipelines, Crisis and Capital: Understanding the Contested Regionalism of Southeast Asia

Pacific Review, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 625-647, December 2010
Posted: 06 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 09 Dec 2010
Toby James Carroll and Benjamin K. Sovacool
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy - Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Science Policy Research Unit

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ASEAN, contested regionalism, energy governance, regionalism, trans-ASEAN gas pipeline (TAGP), Southeast Asia.

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Creating Legal Teeth for Toothfish: Using the Market to Protect Fish Stocks in Antarctica

Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 15-33, 2008
Posted: 23 Jun 2008
Benjamin K. Sovacool and Kelly E. Siman-Sovacool
Science Policy Research Unit and affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Marine policy, overfishing, Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Patagonian Toothfish, flags of convenience, illegal unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing