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Title: Shifts in the smart research agenda? 100 priority questions to accelerate sustainable energy futures
Author: Robison, Rosie  
Skjølsvold, Tomas Moe
Hargreaves, Tom  
Renstro, Sara
Wolsink, Maarten
Judson, Emily
Pechancova, Viera
Demirbag Kaplan, Melike
March, Hug  
Lehne l, Johanna
Foulds, Chris
Bharucha , Zareen  
Bilous, Liliia
Büscher, Christian
CARRUS, Giuseppe
Darby, Sarah
douzou, sylvie
Dreven sek, Mojca
Frantal, Bohumil
Guimaraes Pereira, Angela
Karvonen, Andrew
Katzeff, Cecilia
Kola-Bezka, Maria
Laakso, Senja Susanna
Lettmayer, Gudrun
Parag, Yael
Sáfián, Fanni
Swora, Mariusz  
Tjørring, Lise
van der Werff, Ellen
Van Vliet, Bas
Wallenborn, Grégoire
Wyckmans, Annemie
Keywords: smart consumption
energy transitions
socio-technical systems
research funding Prosumer
Issue Date: 2-Sep-2023
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Robinson, R. [Rosi]. Skjolsvold, T. [Tomas]. Hargreaves, T. [Tom]. Renström, S. [Sara]. Wolsink, M. [Marteen]. Judson, E. [Emily]. Pechancová, V. [Viera]. Demirbag-Kaplan, M. [Melike]. March, H. [Hug]. Lehne, J. [Johanna]. Foulds, C. [Chris]. Bharucha, Z. [Zareen]. Bilous, L. [Liliia]. Büscher, C. [Christian]. Carrus, G. [Giuseppe]. Darby, S. [Sara]. Douzou, S. [Sylvie]. Drevensek, M. [Mojka]. Frantál, B. [Bohumil]. Pereira, A. [Angela]. Karvonen, A. [Andrew]. Katzeff, C. [Cecilia]. Kola-Bezka, M. [Maria]. Laakso, S. [Senja]. Lettmayer, G. [Gudrun]. Parag, Y. [Yael]. Sáfián, F. [Fanny]. Swora, M. [Mariusz]. Tjorring, L. [Lise]. van der Werff, E. [Ellen]. van Vliet, B. [Bas]. Wallenborn, G. [Gréggorie]. Wyckmans, A. [Annemie]. (2023). Shifts in the smart research agenda? 100 priority questions to accelerate sustainable energy futures. Journal of Cleaner Production, 419, 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.137946
Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 419, 1-13.
Also see: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.137946
Abstract: Energy transitions are at the top of global agendas in response to the growing challenges of climate change and international conflict, with the EU positioning itself as playing a pivotal role in addressing climate risks and sustainability imperatives. European energy transition policies identify ‘smart consumption’ as a key element of these efforts, which have previously been explored from a predominantly technical perspective thus often failing to identify or address fundamental interlinkages with social systems and consequences. This paper aims to contribute to interdisciplinary energy research by analysing a forward looking ‘Horizon Scan’ research agenda for smart consumption, driven by the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Reflecting on an extensive sys- tematic Delphi Method exercise surveying over 70 SSH scholars from various institutional settings across Europe, we highlight what SSH scholars see as future directions for smart consumption research. Building from seven thematic areas (under which are grouped 100 SSH research questions), the study identifies three key ‘shifts’ this new smart research agenda represents, when compared to previous agendas: (1) From technological inevitability to political choice, highlighting the need for a wider political critique, with the potential to open up discussions of the instrumentalisation of smart research; (2) From narrow representation to diverse inclusion, moving beyond the shortcomings of current discourses for engaging marginalised communities; and (3) From individual consumers to interconnected citizens, reframing smart consumption to offer a broader model of social change and governance. Social Sciences and Humanities scholarship is essential to address these shifts in meaningful (rather than tokenistic) ways. This agenda and the shifts it embodies represent key tools to enable better interdisciplinary working between SSH and teams from the technical and natural sciences.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/149142
ISSN: 0959-6526MIAR
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