Louise Fitzgerald is a doctoral researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests include environmental and climate policy, political ecology, political pathways to sustainability, alternative sustainabilities, climate and environmental justice, system-thinking and holistic perspectives; solutions to current socio-ecological crises. She has been awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarship to conduct her doctoral research, which focuses on what factors facilitate successful climate policy, drawing lessons from the case of the German Energy Transition.
By Louise Fitzgerald, Hanna Brauers, Rapid Transition Alliance
A new Working Paper from STEPS Summer School alumni seeks to explain why (and how) natural gas has assumed such a dominant role in German energy policy, and at what cost. The authors call upon fellow researchers to challenge the increasing dominance of gas in energy systems worldwide, and to intervene in academic, NGO and policy-making structures to illuminate alternative pathways.