Benjamin K. Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand, which involves the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. He is also Director of the Center for Energy Technologies and Professor of Business and Social Sciences in the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University in Denmark

Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to climate change mitigation and adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.

Selected publications:

2016      Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions. With Brown, MA. & Valentine, S. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2015      Making the Ethical and Philosophical Case for ‘Energy Justice’. With Jones, BR. & Sidortsov, RV. Environmental Ethics

2015      Integrating Social Science in Energy Research. Energy Research & Social Science 6(3):95-99.

2015      Managing the Electricity-Water Nexus in China, France, Indian and the United States. With Rao, A. In Climate, Energy and Water. Dovers, S., Hussey, K. & Pittock, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2015      Back to the Future: Small Modular Reactors, Nuclear Fantasies, and Symbolic Convergence. With Ramana, MV. Science, Technology and Human Values 40(1):96-125.

2014      Energy, Poverty, and Development. London: Routledge.

2014      The Rhetorical Fantasy of Energy Transitions: Implications for Energy Policy and Analysis. With Brossman, B. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 26)7):837-854.

2014      Enhancing the Energy Security and Governance of Shale Gas. With Vivoda, V. Oil, Gas and Energy Law 12(3):1-35.

2013      The Governance of Energy Megaprojects: Politics, Hubris, and Energy Security. With Cooper, C. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2013      Wind Turbines and Invisible Technology: Unarticulated Reasons for Local Opposition to Wind Energy. With Hirsh, RF. Technology and Culture 54(4):705-734.