Meenilankco TheiventhranHøgskulen på Vestlandet | HVL · Faculty of Science and Engineering
Master of Philosophy
PhD Candidate - University of Oslo
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Citations since 2017
4 Research Items
I am reading for my PhD on ‘energy transitions in post war societies’. My focus is twofold, one is looking at the equity issues relating to energy transition and the other is how geopolitics is influencing the energy transitions. I have varied research interests ranging from political theory and democratisation, energy sustainability to South Asian Politics.
August 2018 - September 2021
Sri Lanka has committed to achieving carbon neutrality status by 2050, but it is foreseeing more coal power plants, which has created spaces of contention locally and geopolitically. What is the role of geopolitics and local politics in shaping Sri Lanka’s decision to embark on coal at the very point in time when it has pledged a commitment to rene...
Covid-19 pandemic has led to diverse forms of state responses throughout the world. Sri Lanka’s centralised response to the pandemic has undermined the role of local democracy and has created questions over the future of local democracy. Local government as a space for substantive local democracy has been challenged in post-war Sri Lanka, where cen...
Energy transitions in the global South have evolved over time and space. Climate emergency has pushed countries towards renewables, and energy transitions have been part of the international political discourse coupled with climate commitments. Exploring the complex and diverse interactions between energy transitions and climate change mitigation i...
The puzzle this chapter seeks to unravel is why renewable energy projects in post-war societies encounter resistance even though they are clean and green. Using Sri Lanka as a case study, this chapter argues in a post-war setting, energy equity and justice need particular attention since memories of conflict remain fresh, and wounds remain unhealed...
The aim of the proejct is guided by the following research questions: 1. Why are equity and justice issues important to energy transition in transitional societies? 2. How are energy equity and justice to be taken into consideration in energy transition? 3. What is the role of geopolitics in energy transition in transitional societies? 4. How can Norwegian engagement in energy transition impact positively on issues of equity and justice in transitional societies?