Energy Transition | Prof Petra Tschakert & Prof Peta Ashworth

As our planet grapples with the urgent realities of climate change, the transition to sustainable energy solutions becomes pivotal. But how do we make this transition just, inclusive, and effective?

Today, host Alex Foot is joined by two esteemed Curtin University professors, Professor Peta Ashworth OAM and Professor Petra Tschakert. They break down the complex layers of the energy humanities, the changes in public attitudes towards energy, and the need for an equitable energy shift.

Why the energy transition needs a ‘humanities look’ [06:40]

The benefits of energy literacy [17:58]

The social challenge of ensuring everyone benefits from the energy transition [27:18]

Western Australia’s role in a just energy transition [38:20]

Why action is key to ensuring a just transition   [46:11]

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Professor Petra Tschakert

Professor Tschakert is trained as a human-environment geographer and applied anthropologist and conducts research at the intersection of political ecology, climate change adaptation, climate and mobility justice, multispecies justice, energy humanities, transformative sustainability education, and livelihood security. She has abundant experience using participatory methods and community engagement practices for capacity and resilience strengthening for >30 years in Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, India, Nepal, and Panama, and recently in Western Australia.

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Professor Peta Ashworth OAM

Professor Ashworth is a renowned expert in energy, communication, stakeholder engagement, and technology assessment. She has researched public attitudes towards climate and energy technologies, including wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), solar photovoltaic, storage, geothermal and hydrogen, for almost two decades. An accomplished speaker and educator, she actively promotes energy literacy globally and contributes to policy briefings and educational events.


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Host and Content Creator: Alex Foot

Producer and Recordist: Emilia Jolakoska

Social Media: Amy Hosking

Executive Producers: Anita Shore and Matthew Sykes

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