Fossil Fuel Dependence in the Transport Sector and Social Relations

In my dissertation, I explore the relationship between social relations and fossil fuel dependence in transport and the implications of social unevenness for a just transition. Fossil fuel dependence is high and partially even escalating in both road and air transport. At the same time, transport is the most unequal consumption category in terms of its energy footprint; carbon-intensive luxury consumption co-exists alongside transport poverty. I draw on different theoretical perspectives and cover three facets of social relations:  unequal gender power relations, the labor-capital divide, and fossil incumbents vis-à-vis contestants.

A second strand of my research focuses on sustainable consumption corridors and the question of collective limits.