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About this Guide

  • Energy social sciences (ESS) is an interdisciplinary field that studies human behaviors, social processes, and public policymaking involved in energy production, distribution, and consumption.
  • The ESS LibGuide provides resources for both teaching and research in this field.
  • This guide is created by Luling Huang during his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Social Sciences. This fellowship is made possible in partnership with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Core Scholarly Readings on Energy Social Sciences

This Zotero folder contains readings that present some of the foundational ideas in a certain realm related to Energy Social Sciences. For example:

  • Atkinson (1970) is a foundational piece on inequality measurement in economics;
  • Sovacool (2014) presents a meta-analysis about energy research and social science;
  • Morgan (2017) is a textbook on policy analysis.


Click this link to access the reading list.

Zotero is a free reference tool that helps you organize and share readings for your literature review.

CMU Courses Related to Energy Social Science

  • 19-421 Emerging Energy Policies

  • 19-425 Sustainable Energy for the Developing World

  • 19-666 Energy Policy & Economics

  • 45-928 Energy Finance

  • 73-427 Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Economics

  • 79-315 Thirsty Planet: The Politics of Water in Global Perspective

  • 79-381 Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World

  • 84-370 Global Nuclear Politics

  • 90-808 Energy Policy

  • 99-245 Energy: Science, Society, and Communication

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Featured Books

Inequality and Energy

Editor: Ray Galvin

Year: 2020

Publisher: Academic Press

Energy Economics: Theory and Applications


Authors: Peter Zweifel, Aaron Praktiknjo, Georg Erdmann

Year: 2017

Publisher: Springer

Energy and Behaviour

Editors: Marta Lopes Carlos Henggeler Antunes Kathryn B. Janda

Year: 2019

Publisher: Academic Press

Communicating Science Effectively

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Year: 2017

Publisher: The National Academies Press