Electric Statemaking in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Kirsten W. Endres
Head of Research Group
John Howard Ponce
Electric power has been emblematic of progress and modernity since the late nineteenth century. At a time when global initiatives to achieve universal access to ‘sustainable energy for all’ go hand in hand with efforts aimed at tackling the devastating ecological effects of globally increasing energy consumption, it is pertinent to look more deeply into the networks of power that crisscross the landscapes of the planet. With a focus on electricity in three key areas – generation, transmission, and consumption – this research group investigates how the expansion of electric grids in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) interacts with social, political, and economic forces at various levels of governance.