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Energy Poverty, Practice, and Policy

Palgrave Macmillan


  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Offers a basis for a wide-ranging research agenda within energy research and other related areas of analysis

  • Contributes new insights relevant to critiquing and influencing government action and policy

Part of the book series: Progressive Energy Policy (PEP)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Poverty and Energy Demand

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 15-33Open Access
  4. Practice and Energy Demand

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 35-53Open Access
  5. Policy: Energy Demand and Welfare in the UK

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 55-83Open Access
  6. Invisible Energy Policy and Energy Capabilities

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 85-104Open Access
  7. Energy Poverty, Practice, and Inequality

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 105-122Open Access
  8. Conclusions: Reconceptualising Energy Poverty and Practice

    • Catherine Butler
    Pages 123-136Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book examines the implications of welfare policy for energy poverty and engages with key conceptual debates at the forefront of energy demand research. Academic work on energy poverty has rarely been brought into conversation with practice-theory-based approaches to energy use and sustainability. This book reveals how novel insights can be made visible through combining these different ways of thinking about energy demand issues. It presents a distinctive approach to energy poverty that places inequalities at the heart of debates about the advancing energy intensity of contemporary societies.


  • Energy
  • Energy Demand
  • Energy policy
  • fuel poverty
  • environmental policy
  • Open Access
  • Energy Capabilities
  • transport poverty


“Catherine Butler’s new book is theoretically innovative, bringing much-needed insights on poverty and vulnerability into the study of Social Practices. It offers in-depth analysis of how “invisible energy policies” operate in the real world, revealing the important intersections between welfare policies and energy in everyday life. Amid the cost of living crisis, and the ever-more contested politics of social security, this book makes a hugely timely contribution, and will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, and all those concerned with understanding and promoting energy justice.” (Sarah Royston, Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

    Catherine Butler

About the author

Dr Catherine Butler is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at University of Exeter. Her research centres around analysis of environmental governance processes with focus on the intersections between policy, politics, and everyday life. She has published extensively on topics including energy transitions in everyday life, behavioural change and social practice, wellbeing impacts of environmental change processes, and governance of climate adaptation. This book arises out of her four-year EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) funded project. 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)