A Research Agenda to Better Understand the Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions

Linda Steg*, Goda Perlaviciute, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Marino Bonaiuto, Andreas Diekmann, Massimo Filippini, Frank Hindriks, Cecilia Jacobbson Bergstad, Ellen Matthies, Simon Matti, Machiel Mulder, Andreas Nilsson, Sabina Pahl, Martha Roggenkamp, Geertje Schuitema, Paul C. Stern, Massimo Tavoni, John Thøgersen, Edwin Woerdman

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Abstract

The Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) have a key role to play in understanding which factors and policies would motivate, encourage and enable different actors to adopt a wide range of sustainable energy behaviours and support the required system changes and policies. We identify three main research themes. The first research theme involves understanding which factors encourage different actors to engage in sustainable energy behaviour. The second research theme focuses on understanding which interventions can be effective in encouraging sustainable energy behaviour of different actors, and which factors enhance their effects. The third research theme concerns understanding which factors affect public and policy support for energy policy and changes in energy systems, and how important public concerns can best be addressed as to reduce or prevent resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number672776
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25-Jun-2021

Keywords

  • energy transition
  • Sustainable energy behaviour
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • research agenda
  • behaviour change
  • public support

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