In search of justice in coal transition in India

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The RE&D Research Notes webinar was hosted by Resources, Environment and Development group (RE&D), Crawford School of Public Policy, on October 7th 2021.

In this presentation, Professor Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt of Resource, Environment and Development Program will argue that there is not one single coal economy in India, and any framework of just transition must take the multiplicities of coal economies into consideration. Professor Lahiri-Dutt will show that there are at least four coal economies in India, with varied degrees of legality and formalisation. A transition away from coal would need to consider the needs of everyone reliant on these different economies, and consider the different meanings of justice for those involved in each of them in order for the transition to be truly ‘just’. Hosted by Prof. Frank Jotzo.
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https://crawford.anu.edu.au/people/academic/kuntala-lahiri-dutt
Related works:

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (2017) Resources and the Politics of Sovereignty: The Moral and Immoral Economies of Coal Mining in India, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 40:4, 792-809, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2017.1370211

Oskarsson, P., Nielsen, K. B., Lahiri-Dutt, K., & Roy, B. (2021). India’s new coal geography: Coastal transformations, imported fuel and state-business collaboration in the transition to more fossil fuel energy. Energy Research & Social Science, 73, 101903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101903
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