Dr. Nathan Wood

Interdisciplinary Social Science

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Fair Energy Transition Center in the Netherlands, based at Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology. I recently completed my PhD Energy, Capability, and Justice: a foundation for a normative account of energy systems, where I focused on using moral and political philosophy to better understand the ethical problems which stem from energy systems and their governance. My research focuses on understanding the normativity - that is, how we think and reason the world ought to be - in grounded justice trajectories, particularly within environmental and energy justice discourses. I have a strong interest in procedural justice and decision-making within complex systems and environmental change, as well as, the use of eudaemonic conceptions of well-being, such as the capabilities approach, in understanding how the valuable aspects of a person or group's lives intersect with these systems or evironments.

More broadly, I am interested in the distinctions between grounded justice discourses, how such distinctions can be a useful discoursal tool but also how at times they risk becoming siloed from the grievances of those they are supposed to serve. My research has critically engaged with the disconnect between notions of energy justice and the earlier, broader, undersdtandings of environmental justice, as well as emerging trajectories such as earth-systems governance and emerging planetary justice agendas.

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