Towards a practice-theoretical classification of sustainable energy consumption initiatives: Insights from social scientific energy research in 30 European countries

Charlotte Louise Jensen, Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy, Eoin Grealis, Edina Vadovics, Audley Genus, Henrike Rau

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

4 Citationer (Scopus)

Resumé

Reducing residential energy use and related CO2 emissions across society requires approaches that understand energy demand as dependent on the performance of a range of interconnected social practices, which includes aspects of timing, location and material contexts. However, current energy policy and change initiatives often rely on a somewhat narrow combination of rational consumer choice models, efficiency measures and information-based behavioral change theory, thus falling short on anticipated reductions. Insights from the ENERGISE project highlight the merits of a practice-theoretical approach to social scientific energy research that explicitly recognizes complex interactions in the social organization of everyday life. The paper demonstrates how such an approach provides knowledge on variations in energy use across households, social groups and societies and how these are (not) acknowledged in the problem framings of dominant energy policies and change initiatives. Reflecting on experiences made during a large-scale comparative analysis of sustainable energy consumption change initiatives in 30 European countries, this paper presents a new and innovative methodology for investigating the dynamics of change initiatives that target energy use within households and communities. It concludes with some critical reflections on the methodology presented.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEnergy Research & Social Science
Vol/bind45
Sider (fra-til)297-306
Antal sider10
ISSN2214-6296
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2018

Fingerprint

Energy policy
energy consumption
Energy utilization
energy
energy policy
energy shortage
methodology
everyday life
organization
efficiency
interaction
society
community
performance
experience

Citer dette

@article{c5909db6735848dba38a7c20dc21f886,
title = "Towards a practice-theoretical classification of sustainable energy consumption initiatives: Insights from social scientific energy research in 30 European countries",
abstract = "Reducing residential energy use and related CO2 emissions across society requires approaches that understand energy demand as dependent on the performance of a range of interconnected social practices, which includes aspects of timing, location and material contexts. However, current energy policy and change initiatives often rely on a somewhat narrow combination of rational consumer choice models, efficiency measures and information-based behavioral change theory, thus falling short on anticipated reductions. Insights from the ENERGISE project highlight the merits of a practice-theoretical approach to social scientific energy research that explicitly recognizes complex interactions in the social organization of everyday life. The paper demonstrates how such an approach provides knowledge on variations in energy use across households, social groups and societies and how these are (not) acknowledged in the problem framings of dominant energy policies and change initiatives. Reflecting on experiences made during a large-scale comparative analysis of sustainable energy consumption change initiatives in 30 European countries, this paper presents a new and innovative methodology for investigating the dynamics of change initiatives that target energy use within households and communities. It concludes with some critical reflections on the methodology presented.",
keywords = "Change initiatives, Energy demand, Energy policy, Problem framings",
author = "Jensen, {Charlotte Louise} and Gary Goggins and Frances Fahy and Eoin Grealis and Edina Vadovics and Audley Genus and Henrike Rau",
year = "2018",
month = "11",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.erss.2018.06.025",
language = "English",
volume = "45",
pages = "297--306",
journal = "Energy Research & Social Science",
issn = "2214-6296",
publisher = "Elsevier",

}

Towards a practice-theoretical classification of sustainable energy consumption initiatives : Insights from social scientific energy research in 30 European countries. / Jensen, Charlotte Louise; Goggins, Gary ; Fahy, Frances; Grealis, Eoin; Vadovics, Edina ; Genus, Audley; Rau, Henrike.

I: Energy Research & Social Science, Bind 45, 01.11.2018, s. 297-306.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Towards a practice-theoretical classification of sustainable energy consumption initiatives

T2 - Insights from social scientific energy research in 30 European countries

AU - Jensen, Charlotte Louise

AU - Goggins, Gary

AU - Fahy, Frances

AU - Grealis, Eoin

AU - Vadovics, Edina

AU - Genus, Audley

AU - Rau, Henrike

PY - 2018/11/1

Y1 - 2018/11/1

N2 - Reducing residential energy use and related CO2 emissions across society requires approaches that understand energy demand as dependent on the performance of a range of interconnected social practices, which includes aspects of timing, location and material contexts. However, current energy policy and change initiatives often rely on a somewhat narrow combination of rational consumer choice models, efficiency measures and information-based behavioral change theory, thus falling short on anticipated reductions. Insights from the ENERGISE project highlight the merits of a practice-theoretical approach to social scientific energy research that explicitly recognizes complex interactions in the social organization of everyday life. The paper demonstrates how such an approach provides knowledge on variations in energy use across households, social groups and societies and how these are (not) acknowledged in the problem framings of dominant energy policies and change initiatives. Reflecting on experiences made during a large-scale comparative analysis of sustainable energy consumption change initiatives in 30 European countries, this paper presents a new and innovative methodology for investigating the dynamics of change initiatives that target energy use within households and communities. It concludes with some critical reflections on the methodology presented.

AB - Reducing residential energy use and related CO2 emissions across society requires approaches that understand energy demand as dependent on the performance of a range of interconnected social practices, which includes aspects of timing, location and material contexts. However, current energy policy and change initiatives often rely on a somewhat narrow combination of rational consumer choice models, efficiency measures and information-based behavioral change theory, thus falling short on anticipated reductions. Insights from the ENERGISE project highlight the merits of a practice-theoretical approach to social scientific energy research that explicitly recognizes complex interactions in the social organization of everyday life. The paper demonstrates how such an approach provides knowledge on variations in energy use across households, social groups and societies and how these are (not) acknowledged in the problem framings of dominant energy policies and change initiatives. Reflecting on experiences made during a large-scale comparative analysis of sustainable energy consumption change initiatives in 30 European countries, this paper presents a new and innovative methodology for investigating the dynamics of change initiatives that target energy use within households and communities. It concludes with some critical reflections on the methodology presented.

KW - Change initiatives

KW - Energy demand

KW - Energy policy

KW - Problem framings

UR - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629618306819

U2 - 10.1016/j.erss.2018.06.025

DO - 10.1016/j.erss.2018.06.025

M3 - Journal article

VL - 45

SP - 297

EP - 306

JO - Energy Research & Social Science

JF - Energy Research & Social Science

SN - 2214-6296

ER -