Working Wednesdays: Cheap over clean? Preferences towards (renewable) electricity in the City of Buenos Aires with Santiago Cunial

Aerial shot of Buenos Aires

Policymakers in developing countries face the challenge of scaling up carbon neutral energy production while making electricity accessible to poor populations. Santiago Cunial's prior research in Argentina has shown that incumbents assume that (a) energy transitions always entail an increase in electricity prices; and that (b) citizens prefer cheap electricity over clean energies. Thereby, political incentives towards renewable sources are low. To what extent do citizens in Argentina prefer cheap electricity over a clean energy matrix? In this project Cunial aims at answering these questions by surveying and interviewing adults of one of most populous slums in the City of Buenos Aires, “Villa 21-24.”

PPEH offers a lunch series, Working Wednesdays, designed to showcase in-progress Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) straddling theoretical and practical environmental concerns with a focus on our mid-Atlantic region. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 sharp.

All sessions are open to the Penn community but require RSVP. Grab a lunch and join us!