Clarence Hatton-Proulx brilliantly defends his doctoral thesis on the history of energy transitions in Montreal, and wins a prize!

This thesis studies the energy transitions that took place in Montreal from 1945 to 1980. Through the study of wood and coal yards, gas stations, oil refineries, electricity demand forecasts and district heating, it demonstrates the profound consequences of energy transitions on energy infrastructure, the urban environment and energy-intensive lifestyles. It concludes that the urban energy transitions studied have led to an intensification and externalization of urban metabolisms, as energy production and transformation are amplified and now take place outside the city. These material and spatial modifications are leading to changes in energy consumption practices and the social expectations that frame them.

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Clarence Hatton-Proulx wins the Prix Louise-Dandurand 2023