Geographies of injustice: The socio-spatial determinants of energy poverty in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary

Stefan Bouzarovski, Sergio Tirado Herrero

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Abstract

Falling real incomes, rising utility prices and the historically poor thermal quality of the housing stock are some of the main factors that have driven the rise of systemic injustices surrounding energy poverty in the post-communist states of Eastern and Central Europe (ECE). We undertake a socio-spatial and temporal assessment of energy poverty in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, using Household Budget Survey micro-data and the consolidated national results of the EU Survey of Income and Living Conditions. Our results indicate that increases in domestic energy prices and expenditures during the last decade have not been offset by purchasing power gains or energy efficiency improvements, resulting in sustained and growing levels of energy poverty. Capital city regions have fared better than rural areas even if traditional macroeconomic performance indicators do not easily match domestic energy deprivation metrics. We thus question policy approaches that favour income-based solutions and fail to recognise housing- and demography-related vulnerabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalEurasian Geography and Economics
VolumePost-Communist Economies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Energy poverty
  • energy justice
  • housing
  • regional inequality
  • Eastern and Central Europe

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Manchester Urban Institute

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