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The Rural Transformations behind the Renewable Energy-Extraction Nexus

Renewable Energy is internationally regarded as central to mitigating climate catastrophe, yet how real is this claim and what justifies it?

“No to Green Capitalism” L’Amassada Commune (ZAD), Southern France. Source: Alexander Dunlap

“No to Green Capitalism” L’Amassada Commune (ZAD), Southern France. Photo: Alexander Dunlap

Increases in renewable energy development through green economic initiatives and climate change policy are resulting in claims of land grabbing, intensifying socio-ecological degradation and renewing capitalist destruction by environmental ethics. This project will investigate these claims by examining the formation of a North African-European Energy corridor.

About the project

This project examines the socio-ecological impact of constructing an energy corridor between the European Union and North Africa. Justified by renewable energy transition and increasing the capacity of renewable energy in the EU, this corridor stretches from the Western Sahara to Northern Europe. Employing a multi-sited ethnographic design to follow the high-tension wires, this research maps the formation of this corridor and associated renewable energy projects at opposite ends along the corridor. Researching multiple-sites on different continents joined by the same infrastructure, the costs, contestations and considerations for renewable energy infrastructure will be evaluated to reflect on the socio-ecological reality underlining the green economy and energy transition.


Center for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo


April 2019 - April 2023

Tags: Energy and Natural Resources, Rural Transformation
Published June 13, 2019 3:54 PM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2020 10:38 PM