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Investigating Ties between Energy Policy and Social Equity Research: A Citation Network Analysis

International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 8190395, Japan
Department of Political Science, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Department of Mathematics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(5), 135;
Received: 8 April 2019 / Revised: 24 April 2019 / Accepted: 28 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
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Just over twenty years ago, the Kyoto Protocol brought nations together to address the emergent issue of climate change. To support the development of energy policy, a number of academic fields were strengthened, particularly surrounding sustainable development and the economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability. This research focuses on the social aspects of energy policy, beginning with climate justice, through to the emergence of energy justice and the notion of a just transition. Through a bibliometric analysis of 5529 academic studies incorporating energy policy and social equity across relevant academic fields, strong ties among five distinct schools of thought were identified. Interestingly, energy transitions scholarship appears distinct from most social equity and energy justice related scholarship. There is a need to better integrate disparate schools of thought in order to achieve a just transitions framework able to address inequities in energy policy outcomes in the Paris Agreement era and beyond. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy policy; social equity; bibliometric analysis; citations; networks energy policy; social equity; bibliometric analysis; citations; networks

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