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Energy solidarity in Latin America: Generating inclusive knowledge and governance to address energy vulnerability and energy systems resilience - Colombia, Cuba and Mexico

Energy solidarity in Latin America: Generating inclusive knowledge and governance to address energy vulnerability and energy systems resilience - Colombia, Cuba and Mexico

Collaborator: Lina Brand-Correa. Principal Investigator: Harriet Thomson

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK.

Term: 2020-2023

ESLatinA responds to the urgent need for comprehensive and inclusive understanding, evidence and governance capacity on energy vulnerability in Latin America, with an in-depth focus on Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. Energy vulnerability occurs when households cannot access vital domestic energy services – such as heating, cooling, and powering appliances – because of systemic problems such as unreliable or poor quality infrastructure; gendered differences in energy access and use; high energy prices; social isolation; and intensifying climatic changes. ESLatinA will combine the concepts of energy vulnerability and energy systems resilience to generate inclusive and transformative understanding, evidence and governance - creating the potential to change the way we look at energy policy, not just in Latin America but worldwide. The project includes bespoke local and national-level household surveys, participatory workshops, and proposals for new governance and legal frameworks. The project will also establish national monitoring Observatories and a pan-Latin American network, and undertake national-scale energy systems vulnerability mapping and local-level assessment modelling.

Project website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FT006382%2F1