Exploring propositions about perceptions of energy security: An international survey

Benjamin K. Sovacool, Scott Victor Valentine, Malavika Jain Bambawale, Marilyn A. Brown, Terezinha de Fátima Cardoso, Sayasat Nurbek, Gulimzhan Suleimenova, Jinke Li, Yang Xu, Anil Jain, A. F. Alhajji, Andrew Zubiri

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Abstract

This study investigates how energy users from government, industry, civil society, and academia perceive of energy security challenges. It also analyzes how demographic characteristics influence such perceptions, and how geography, economic structure, modes of domestic energy production, and culture shape energy security priorities. Its primary source of data is a four-part survey distributed in seven languages (English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, German, and Japanese) to 2167 respondents in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United States. These countries were selected because they represent a mix of urban and rural populations, developed and developing economies, import- and export-oriented energy trading flows, communist and capitalist societies, liberalized and state-owned energy markets, and small and large geographic sizes. The survey results are used to test four propositions about energy security related to the education, age, occupation, and gender of respondents, as well five propositions about national energy priorities and the interconnected attributes of security of supply, energy efficiency, energy research and development, energy trade, diversification and decentralization, affordability, environmental quality, climate change, and energy governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-64
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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