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Research Handbook on Energy and Society

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Research Handbook on Energy and Society

9781839100703 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Janette Webb, Professor of Sociology of Organisations, Faye Wade, Chancellor’s Fellow and Margaret Tingey, Honorary Fellow, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 070 3 Extent: 416 pp
This incisive Research Handbook examines the relationship between energy and society, across both macro- and micro-scales, in the context of the climate crisis. Featuring an extensive examination of current research in the field from fifty expert international contributors, it offers important insights into the inter-connections between the globally organised fossil fuel energy system and the changing structures of society.

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This incisive Research Handbook examines the relationship between energy and society, across both macro- and micro-scales, in the context of the climate crisis. Featuring an extensive examination of current research in the field from fifty expert international contributors, it offers important insights into the inter-connections between the globally organised fossil fuel energy system and the changing structures of society.

Structured in four thematic parts, the Research Handbook begins with an analysis of the evolution of large-scale energy production and consumption using coal, oil and gas. Chapters then explore social divisions and inequalities in energy systems in different countries, before moving on to discuss energy governance, policy and politics, along with strategies to achieve transformation. In the final part, the Research Handbook investigates forms of knowledge, stories and public engagement being used to re-make energy futures, concluding that social sciences are identifying the inter-locking societal and technical changes needed to enable rapid systemic changes in energy.

The Research Handbook on Energy and Society will be a crucial resource for social science scholars and students interested in the intersections of energy, climate change and society, including aspects of governance, policy and politics, social identity, social justice and inequalities.
Critical Acclaim
‘At last, a serious review of the interactions between society and energy. The Handbook considers the impacts of decarbonisation options from many angles, but all through the lens of society and social science, and not just from the techno-economic perspectives which usually dominate such analysis. The authors provide valuable insights, not only into the potential changes to energy production and consumption but also to the governance needed to achieve them, as society is weaned off its dependence on fossil fuels.’
– Keith MacLean OBE, Providence Policy, London, UK

‘Too often seen as a technical issue, how we live with and can transform our energy systems is a societal challenge. This Handbook gathers international contributors to examine the profound social questions that underpin how energy is provided and used. Drawing on examples from a wide range of social contexts, it provides crucial insights into how energy is central not only to how we live but who we are and offers key findings pointing to how the transformations necessary for a more sustainable future can be realised.’
– Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Muhammed Adeel, Gretchen Bakke, Bipasha Baruah, Noam Bergman, Ronan Bolton, Noel Cass, Karla G. Cedano, Heather Chappells, Catherine Cherry, Richard Cowell, Tina Fawcett, Mariëlle Feenstra, Michael J. Fell, Anna Gorbatcheva, Robert Gross, Christopher Groves, Richard Hanna, Karen Henwood, Kathryn B. Janda, Niall Kerr, Heather Lovell, Karen Lucas, Frédéric Marty, David McCrone, Janine Morley, Peter J. G. Pearson, Thomas Reverdy, Karla Ricalde, Tiare Robles, Alexandra Schneiders, Long Seng To, Hiroki Shin, David Shipworth, Fiona Shirani, Antti Silvast, Karina Standal, Gareth Thomas, Harriet Thomson, Margaret Tingey, Julia Tomei, Marina Topouzi, David Tyfield, Faye Wade, Janette Webb






 














Contents
Contents:

A few words on the creation of the cover image xviii
1 Introduction to Research Handbook on Energy and Society: why study
energy and society? 1
Janette Webb, Faye Wade and Margaret Tingey

PART I ENERGY SERVICES AND THE MAKING OF MARKETS
2 Socio-technical transitions from coal and gas: an unfinished story 14
Peter J.G. Pearson
3 This land is our land: understanding energy nationalism 31
David McCrone
4 The making of energy consumers: from mutual provisioning to mass
markets and beyond 45
Hiroki Shin and Heather Chappells
5 Services revisited: what is energy for? 57
Janine Morley
6 Heating system transformation in Europe: accelerating sources of path
dependence to escape carbon lock-in 69
Richard Hanna and Robert Gross
7 The redesign of electricity markets under EU influence: the capacity
mechanism in Britain and France 83
Thomas Reverdy, Frédéric Marty and Ronan Bolton
8 Pivoting toward Energy Transition 2.0: learning from electricity 97
Gretchen Bakke

PART II SOCIAL DIMENSIONS IN ENERGY AND SOCIETY
9 Why rationale matters in energy and climate policy 112
Niall Kerr
10 Access to energy: the contribution of the social sciences to delivering
energy equity and justice 126
Julia Tomei and Long Seng To
11 Gender and solar energy in India’s low-carbon energy transition 141
Karina Standal and Mariëlle Feenstra
12 Contextualizing Nussbaumer via Nussbaum: unveiling
a multi-disciplinary, human capabilities-centred approach to energy
poverty from Mexico 154
Karla Ricalde, Karla G. Cedano, Harriet Thomson and Tiare Robles
13 Closing the gender gaps in energy sector recruitment, retention and
advancement 168
Bipasha Baruah and Sandra Biskupski-Mujanovic
14 Social divisions in energy justice in the transport sector: personal car
ownership and use 184
Karen Lucas, Noel Cass and Muhammed Adeel

PART III ENERGY GOVERNANCE, POLICIES AND POLITICS
15 Will China deliver urban ‘ecological civilisation’? 201
David Tyfield
16 Energy transitions and multi-level governance: how has devolution in
the United Kingdom affected renewable energy development? 215
Richard Cowell
17 Local heat and energy efficiency policy: ambiguity and ambivalence in
England and Scotland 229
Faye Wade, Janette Webb and Margaret Tingey
18 Energy policy for buildings fit for the future 245
Tina Fawcett and Marina Topouzi
19 How non-energy policies shape demand for energy 259
Sarah Royston and Jan Selby
20 Debating energy futures on Lewis: energy transition, the politics of land
use and law, and the question of the commons 272
Annabel Pinker

PART IV CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES AND ENERGY FUTURES
21 Knowledge infrastructures for sustainable energy transitions: marine
renewable energy in Scotland 287
Shana Lee Hirsch
22 ‘A little self-sufficient town close to the beach’: local energy system
transformation through the lens of place and public things 299
Nick Pidgeon, Christopher Groves, Catherine Cherry, Gareth Thomas, Fiona
Shirani and Karen Henwood
23 Disrupting markets with peer-to-peer energy trading 317
Alexandra Schneiders, Anna Gorbatcheva, Michael J. Fell and David Shipworth
24 Making energy futures at the edge of the grid: smart energy innovation
in rural communities 328
Heather Lovell
25 Energy futures: understanding integrated energy systems modelling 340
Antti Silvast
26 How stories of the future impact energy and climate policy in the present 354
Noam Bergman and Kathryn B. Janda
27 Conclusions and new directions for energy and society research 367
Janette Webb and Faye Wade

Index 375
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