Energy security has become one of the major global challenges of the twenty-first century. Many of the richest energy-producing regions across the world are wrought with conflict and billions of the world's poorest suffer the daily insecurity of energy poverty. At the same time the planet is under increasing pressure because of our continued dependence on fossil fuels and their steady depletion.
In his new book, Energy Security, Professor Dannreuther draws on the latest research to examine how energy security as a value is continually in conflict with our other core values, such as economic prosperity and sustainability.
The physical properties of energy resources - coal, oil, gas, nuclear and renewables - are critical for the different manifestations of energy insecurity, but it is the social, economic and political contexts that are essential for a fuller understanding of contemporary energy challenges.
Professor Dannreuther highlights the history and politics of energy security and the critical role played by the global power and justice systems in framing these debates.
Energy Security is a growing global concern and one of the key themes covered by Westminster’s new interdisciplinary Master’s programme Energy and Environmental Change.
Roland Dannreuther is Professor of International Relations and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) of the University of Westminster.