893004 Energy and democracy

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


This lecture series critically examines the concept of “Energy democracy” from an interdisciplinary point of view. Social and political aspects of the energy revolution will be a main focus of the subject matters. The idea of Energy democracy includes questions concerning the effects of electricity production and distribution on society and nature, analysis of current power and ownership structures in the energy sector, as well as already executed alternatives.
The lecture series is student-organised and interdisciplinary (in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, University of Vienna and Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt).
Covered topics:
Electricity production in Austria and renewable energies technologies
Decentralized energy revolution and participation
Power relations in the energy sector
A just structural transformation
Energy poverty and a social energy revolution
Civic fights for energy
Perspectives of the global south
Energy services and sector linking
Best-Practice examples

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The inter- and transdisciplinary expert lectures will give the students a broad insight into the concept of Energy democracy. After attending the lectures students will be able to argue backgrounds and approaches towards a democratic, social energy revolution
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.