Though sustainable development goals and other international initiatives have insisted on the importance of energy access in peace building, there is still little understanding of the extent to which energy systems themselves can contribute to or mitigate structural violence. While there are ample relevant examples globally from diverse literature and an increasing body of case studies, this knowledge has not been systematically organized to show theoretical alternatives to current energy systems or deliver practical policy advice in building such alternatives. Informed by the contributions of a multidisciplinary global author pool, Energy Policy for Peace provides both a new foundation for researchers and practitioners exploring how energy systems can be changed to build positive peace, and a toolkit for redressing structural violence. The work opens by reviewing how unequal energy access strengthens structural violence. It argues that increasing access to energy access may be an important tool in mitigating structural violence. It concludes with practical policy recommendations and institutional reforms designed to mitigate the structural violence embedded in many energy systems and develop energy strategies for peace building.
About the editors
Daniel Kammen is James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and a former Science Envoy for the State Department. Also, since 1999, he has been a coordinating lead author or contributor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Hisashi Yoshikawa has worked in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, OECD and IEA, and is currently at the University of Tokyo as a Project Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives and Graduate School of Public Policy. He also serves as Research Director for the Canon Institute for Global Studies.
Kensuke Yamaguchi is a Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. He has worked as an electrification advisor for the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar since 2017. Currently, he is also contributing to the inter-disciplinary “UTokyo Ocean Alliance” program supported by the Nippon Foundation.