Dr Nathan Wood

Dr Nathan Wood


I am associated with both the Sustainability Research Institue and Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre. My thesis developed a foundation for a normative account of energy systems which sought to create a conceptual space in which to articulate and better understand the diversity of grievances which stem from energy systems. A core aspect of my doctoral work focused on the plausible contribution which moral and political philosophy could make to our understanding of energy justice - both in better understanding the grievances of those who endure energy dilemmas and in the normative guidance these theories provide when questioning how energy systems ought to be. Prior to my PhD I undertook an MEnv in environment, ecology, and economics at the University of York.

I am now hosted by the Rachel Carson Centre for Society and Environment at LMU, Munich, who are currently supporting my applications for post doctoral research funding. I am particularly interested in exploring the meaning of procedural justice in relation to energy systems.

Talk to me about energy and environmental justice, participation and procedural justice, and the capabilities approach (or anything else you find interesting!)


PhD funding awarded by the IDEA Centre and the School of Earth and Environment


Wood, N. and K. Roelich (2019). "Tensions, capabilities, and justice in climate change mitigation of fossil fuels." Energy Research & Social Science 52: 114-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.02.014

Wood, N. and K. Roelich (2020). "Substantiating Energy Justice: Creating a Space to Understand Energy Dilemmas." Sustainability 12(5): 1917. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051917


Energy, Capability, and Justice: a foundation for a normative account of energy systems https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/28350/


Research interests

Energy justice, Environmental justice, Ethics, Climate change, climate justice, capabilities approach, 


  • MEnv Environment, Economics and Ecology (Hons), University of York (2016)

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability