Beyond technology: A research agenda for social sciences and humanities research on renewable energy in Europe

Krupnik, Seweryn and Wagner, Aleksandra and Koretskaya, Olga and Rudek, Tadeusz J. and Wade, Robert and Mišík, Matúš and Akerboom, Sanne and Foulds, Chris and Smith Stegen, Karen and Adem, Çiğdem and Batel, Susana and Rabitz, Florian and Certomà, Chiara and Chodkowska-Miszczuk, Justyna and Denac, Matjaž and Dokupilová, Dušana and Leiren, Merethe D. and Frolova Ignatieva, Marina and Gabaldón-Estevan, Daniel and Horta, Ana and Karnøe, Peter and Lilliestam, Johan and Loorbach, Derk and Mühlemeier, Susan and Nemoz, Sophie and Nilsson, Måns and Osička, Jan and Papamikrouli, Louiza and Pellizioni, Luigi and Sareen, Siddharth and Sarrica, Mauro and Seyfang, Gill and Sovacool, Benjamin and Telešienė, Audrone and Zapletalová, Veronika and von Wirth, Timo (2022) Beyond technology: A research agenda for social sciences and humanities research on renewable energy in Europe. Energy Research & Social Science, 89. p. 102536. ISSN 2214-6296

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102536

Abstract

This article enriches the existing literature on the importance and role of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in renewable energy sources research by providing a novel approach to instigating the future research agenda in this field. Employing a series of in-depth interviews, deliberative focus group workshops and a systematic horizon scanning process, which utilised the expert knowledge of 85 researchers from the field with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and expertise, the paper develops a set of 100 priority questions for future research within SSH scholarship on renewable energy sources. These questions were aggregated into four main directions: (i) deep transformations and connections to the broader economic system (i.e. radical ways of (re)arranging socio-technical, political and economic relations), (ii) cultural and geographical diversity (i.e. contextual cultural, historical, political and socio-economic factors influencing citizen support for energy transitions), (iii) complexifying energy governance (i.e. understanding energy systems from a systems dynamics perspective) and (iv) shifting from instrumental acceptance to value-based objectives (i.e. public support for energy transitions as a normative notion linked to trust-building and citizen engagement). While this agenda is not intended to be—and cannot be—exhaustive or exclusive, we argue that it advances the understanding of SSH research on renewable energy sources and may have important value in the prioritisation of SSH themes needed to enrich dialogues between policymakers, funding institutions and researchers. SSH scholarship should not be treated as instrumental to other research on renewable energy but as intrinsic and of the same hierarchical importance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Horizon scanning, Research priorities, Funding directions, EU Horizon Europe, Research-policy interface
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 09:29
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 16:17
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707528

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