Energy Communication: Theory and Praxis Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

Brian Cozen, Danielle Endres, Tarla Rai Peterson, Cristi Horton, Joshua Trey Barnett

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This essay comments and expands upon an emerging area of research, energy communication, that shares with environmental communication the fraught commitment to simultaneously study communication as an ordinary yet potentially transformative practice, and a strategic endeavour to catalyse change. We begin by defining and situating energy communication within ongoing work on the discursive dimensions of energy extraction, production, distribution, and consumption. We then offer three generative directions for future research related to energy transitions as communicative processes: analysing campaigns’ strategic efforts, critically theorizing energy’s transnational power dynamics, and theorizing the energy democracy movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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