Global Synopsis to enable the Transitions of the Latrobe Valley beyond coal

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The importance of shifting to low-carbon energy futures is regarded among many industry commentators, businesses, governments, the scientific community and civil society actors alike, to be a pressing issue. Indeed, scholars argue that society is experiencing a shift towards a new, sustainability paradigm comparable in scale to the industrial revolution. Within Australia, the energy transformation is underway across multiple scales, with many large-scale renewable energy plants under consideration or being built – and households have also begun to take charge of their energy futures through increasingly accessible solar PV and battery storage systems.
The energy transformation is and will continue to have far-reaching consequences. For example, many Australian regional communities have long derived socio-economic benefits from coal mining and coal-fired energy plants (e.g. Collie, WA; Hunter Valley, NSW; Latrobe Valley, VIC; Gladstone, QLD). However, within the context of global climate change, rapidly growing renewable energy production, and the current and imminent closure of many coal-fired generation plants, Australian regional communities are looking for alternative pathways to ensure local communities survive and thrive.
Phase 1 involves a desktop analysis of documented international examples (n=30) of energy transitions away from coal - how change processes emerged and sustained over long timeframes.
Phase 2 involves further examining the socio-economic elements underpinning a transition away from coal in coal mining and energy production regions in Europe, North America and Australia.
Short titleTransforming Latrobe Valley
Effective start/end date30/04/1630/11/17


  • regional transformation
  • energy transformation
  • soci-economic change
  • pathways to transition