Palacký University Olomouc


Energy geography

Geografie energií

Energy geography has been one of the fastest growing subdisciplines of geography in recent years. It deals with spatial relations, environmental aspects and socio-economic contexts of energy production, distribution and consumption as basic factors of all human activities (work, production, housing, transport, communication, education, tourism, etc.).

Energy geography integrates wide spectrum of research topics from the geopolitical impacts of diverging energy policies and international security issues, through to the issues of global climate change, natural resources management, renewable energy development and related land use conflicts, problems of agricultural restructuring and food insecurity, including issues of environmental injustice, energy poverty and energy literacy.

At the Department of Geography, our research focuses primarily on the spatial contexts of the ongoing low-carbon energy transition, the socioeconomic impacts of the transformation of coal and carbon intensive regions, and the spatial diffusion and social acceptance of renewable energy innovations.

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Relevant publications

Martinát, S., Cowell, R., Navrátil, J. (2020): Rich or poor? Who actually lives in proximity to AD plants in Wales? Biomass and Bioenergy 143, 105799. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2020.105799

Martinát, S., Navrátil, J., Trojan, J., Frantál, B., Klusáček, P., Pasqualetti, M. J. (2017): Interpreting regional and local diversities of the social acceptance of agricultural AD plants in the rural space of the Moravian-Silesian Region (Czech Republic). Rendiconti Lincei - Scienze Fisiche E Naturali 28(3), 535–548. DOI: 10.1007/s12210-017-0628-9

Dvořák, P., Martinát, S., Van der Horst, D., Frantál, B., Turečková, K. (2017): Renewable energy investment and job creation; a cross-sectoral assessment for the Czech Republic with reference to EU benchmarks. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 69 (March), 360–368. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.11.158

Frantál, B. (2016): Living on coal: Mined-out identity, community displacement and forming of anti-coal resistance in the Most region, Czech Republic. Resources Policy 49(9), 385-393. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2016.07.011

Frantál, B., Prousek, A. (2016): It's not right, but we do it. Exploring why and how Czech farmers become renewable energy producers. Biomass and Bioenergy 87, 26–34. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.02.007

Geografie energií