The content on this website was designed for an online course developed as part of the mPOWER project (2018-2022); an EU Horizon 2020 funded initiative designed to bolster local authority climate action capacities and leadership for a fair, clean and democratic energy transition.
As part of our final dissemination, we have restructured the content from our online course to extend the reach of our audience. We want to make the content accessible to members of the public, campaigners and activists, who would like to learn more about the energy transition, as well as those working in local authorities. We hope that this broadened reach will service just transitions wherever our readers are based; and local authorities and citizens working together.
The energy transition is a key part of how we can address the climate crisis: we need to ensure global emissions are reduced and homes and economies are resilient for years to come. This online will give you an insight into the importance of the energy transition, and the ways in which you can be an active participant in addressing the climate crisis.
Meet the team
The website content has been developed and designed by Jo Ram and Rowan Mataram from Platform with initial design and creation input from Harpreet Kaur Paul (Platform) and Lavinia Steinford from TNI.
Rowan is the Sustainable Cities: Strategy and Process Lead at Platform. Rowan has worked to develop and support projects and campaigns within the new economy movement, trade justice movement, on decoloniality and racial justice in the environmental movement; and has now found her home with work around energy justice and the green energy transition. Rowan is interested in the energy transition as a catalyst for wider societal change, democratic engagement in policy, municipalism and preventing colonialism in our fights to stop increasing climate change. In her spare time she loves to sing, drink cups of tea and explore intersectional and nourishing ways to work and organise.
Jo has over a decade of involvement in social movements, a PhD in Sustainability and Climate Action, and has led campaigns and movement-building projects on energy poverty, energy transition, climate justice, and migrant solidarity issues. Her work is grounded in intersectional analyses and anti-oppression practices.
Lavinia Steinfort is a political geographer and activist. As a researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI) she is working on real world alternatives such as (re)municipalisation of public services and just transitions towards energy democracy. Lavinia co-implemented the mPOWER project and is the coordinator of the energy democracy alliance, which includes a mailing list, the website www.energy-democracy.net and seasonal webinars. She co-edited The Future is Public: Towards Democratic Ownership of Public Services, Public Finance for the Future We Want and One Treaty to rule them all about the Energy Charter Treaty.
Harpreet Kaur Paul
Harpreet works at Tipping Point UK, and previously worked at Platform to co-develop the mPOWER course content. She is also working on her PhD focused on climate justice, and taking care of her young daughter. Harpeet has spent the past ten years doing human rights litigation, advocacy and campaigning.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 785171. This project follows the EU data protection & security law, which is enforceable since 25 May 2018.