Creating a world where disabled people can thrive, with Lucie Middlemiss, University of Leeds

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The “just transition” could be the right framework to rethink the way our societies are designed, and make sure disabled people are taking ownership of the opportunities presented, says Lucie Middlemiss. But first, we need to acknowledge that energy poverty is by essence, unsustainable.

Why is energy poverty unsustainable?

How do disabled people navigate the transition to net-zero?

The “just transition” could be the right framework to rethink the way our societies are designed, and make sure disabled people are taking ownership of the opportunities presented. But first, we need to acknowledge that “The current distribution of energy is unfair to disabled people in the sense that they do not have as much access to energy.”

Prof. Lucie Middlemiss is Professor of Environment and Society in the Sustainability Research Institute, at the University of Leeds in the UK. She wrote the first textbook on Sustainable Consumption, and has research interests in sustainable consumption, energy poverty and participation in sustainable development. Her research bridges the gaps between energy consumption in daily life, planning, measuring, monitoring and decision-making.

Read here Lucie’s most recent paper, Characterizing the energy use of disabled people in the European Union towards inclusion in the energy transition, with Diana Ivanova.

Lucie’s on Twitter: @LucieMiddlemiss

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