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‘Who cares about valley people?’ – lived experiences of energy vulnerability in the South Wales valleys

Shirani, Fiona, Groves, Chris, Henwood, Karen, Roberts, Erin, Thomas, Gareth, Cherry, Catherine and Pidgeon, Nick 2021. ‘Who cares about valley people?’ – lived experiences of energy vulnerability in the South Wales valleys. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 29 (1) , pp. 103-120. 10.1332/175982720X16074511160827
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Energy vulnerability is an area of interest to researchers and policy makers alike. In this paper we analyse data from a qualitative longitudinal interview study of a deprived ex-mining community in South Wales to explore lived experiences of energy vulnerability in detail. Whilst demonstrating the relevance of caring responsibilities in experiences of energy use and scarcity, we consider the importance of local relationships in helping people to navigate energy vulnerability. We highlight the value of qualitative longitudinal research for informing interventions that are more responsive to people’s experiences of energy vulnerability and changes in circumstances over time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 1759-8281
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 8 December 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 12:12

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