Teaching energy geography? It’s complicated

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Abstract: The premise of this essay is that energy geographies are complicated, and this in itself presents some pedagogical difficulties. As someone who wants students to critically examine and confront the complexity of energy systems, it can be frustrating when students react to demonstrate frustration, apathy, or even confusion. In what follows, I will lay out three complications of teaching energy geography: (1) empirical complexity, (2) confronting fossil fuel “embeddedness,” (3) the energy culture fallacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


  • Energy geography
  • culture
  • pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education


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