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Putting visions in their place: Responsible research and innovation for energy system decarbonization

Groves, Christopher ORCID:, Henwood, Karen ORCID:, Pidgeon, Nicholas ORCID:, Cherry, Catherine ORCID:, Roberts, Erin ORCID:, Shirani, Fiona and Thomas, Gareth ORCID: 2023. Putting visions in their place: Responsible research and innovation for energy system decarbonization. Journal of Responsible Innovation 10 (1) , 2149954. 10.1080/23299460.2022.2149954

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Decarbonizing energy systems by 2050 is an ambitious socio-technical project. Such a transition is likely to have very significant implications for social justice, given the increasing dependence of societies globally on energy services. Eliciting non-expert values and perspectives as part of reflection on the desirability of visions of socio-technical change has long been promoted within RRI. However, RRI has typically focused upstream engagement with publics on specific technological proposals and visions, and not at the level of socio-technical systems. Decarbonizing energy requires systemic change involving socio-technical configurations that will vary in form depending upon geographical constraints and community needs in the locations where they are sited. This case study from Wales in the UK shows how findings from interpretative risk research and scholarship on energy and everyday life can help design upstream participatory processes that combine systemic change, effects on place, and the transformation of everyday life. Engaging community residents through community mapping enables these dimensions of energy transition to be explored in order to enrich and enlarge understandings of the local and systemic aspects of the energy transition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 2329-9037
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 November 2022
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2022
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 06:03

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