Energy and labour: Thinking across the continuum

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Metabolisms of energy in society and space are predicated upon human labour, in ways that are often poorly recognized in relation to the global climate challenge. I synthesize and interrogate existing scholarship on the relationship between energy and labour across different spatio-temporal contexts, so as to reveal the overlapping networks that bind energy workers, consumers and producers. Drawing upon geographical, feminist, social practice and political ecology insights, I propose a research agenda that foregrounds the role of social reproduction – through capital-labour regimes and the gendered division of labour – in shaping the circulation and contestation of energy use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-774
Number of pages22
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
Early online date21 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022


  • energy
  • gender
  • infrastructure
  • justice
  • labour


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