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Official narratives vs. lived experiences : Contrasting views on energy poverty in the Czech Republic



Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Energy Research & Social Science
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Energy poverty; Energy vulnerability; Narratives; Lived experiences; Czech Republic
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Description In the Czech Republic, energy poverty assessments have primarily relied on traditional indicators. Despite performing well compared to other countries in the region, there is a risk that those suffering from energy poverty are misrecognized and receive insufficient support. This research aims to bring a missing perspective on households' lived experiences and connect it to official narratives on energy poverty. We examine the interplay among material, non-material factors in households' experiences, and external ‘contextual soup’, and reveal major challenges. The contrast between households' experiences and prevailing assumptions about energy poverty may pose difficulties finding a workable solution. However, in the face of the current energy crisis, we call for a joint effort between the state and non-state sectors to find appropriate tools to address the growing risk of households falling into and being trapped in energy poverty.
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