The global face of energy poverty

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Velasco-Herrejón, Paola
Lennon, Breffní
Dunphy, Niall P.
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For the first time in decades, the price pressures and economic upheaval primarily caused by the global energy crisis – sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and post-COVID pandemic supply chain stress – have led to a rise in the number of people without access to energy. The human consequences of energy poverty include a significant deterioration in physical health and mental well-being, along with premature death due to severe winter and summer conditions, unhealthy and/or restricted lifestyles, and social exclusion. There have been efforts to reduce energy poverty in both developing and developed countries over the past few decades. The need for electricity grid expansion has long been articulated in developing and developed contexts since the first half of the 20th century. More recently, global energy markets and their effects on energy availability and prices, as well as pressing environmental concerns, have induced a surge in research on energy deprivation, a condition that previously had little public recognition.
Energy policy and economics , Sustainable development , Power , Energy , Energy policy , Built environment , Global development , Engineering and technology , Regulatory policy , Politics and international relations
Velasco-Herrejón, P., Lennon, B. and Dunphy, N.P. (2023) ‘The global face of energy poverty’, in P. V. Herrejón, B. Lennon, and N. P. Dunphy (eds), Living with Energy Poverty. 1st edn. London: Routledge, pp. 3–14. Available at:
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