Type de publication:Ouvrages
Source:Palgrave, France (2018)
This book provides a comprehensive socio-technical study of energy transition processes in different contexts covering a range of different renewable energy technologies and different scales. The authors present the empirical results of a four year research project including 31 case studies covering 7 energy technologies (solar, on/off-shore wind, smart grids, biomass, low-energy buildings, and carbon capture and storage). The book pulls transversal lines of analysis from these case studies in order to offer a new perspective about the energy transition (process approach, dynamics, trans- scalar perspective) as well as a focus on the notion and definition of transition potential. The book addresses critical dimensions of the energy transition, such as: the socio-technical construction of new energy resources, the consequences of passing through market and the spatiality and the temporality of transition processes. This book challenges the idea that technologies are endowed with a predefined potential and will appeal to researchers, academics and policy-makers working in energy policy, resource management, political ecology, landscape and environment issues, European and multilevel policies and technological innovation.
Humanities and Social Sciences/SociologyHumanities and Social Sciences/GeographyHumanities and Social Sciences/Political scienceDirections of work or proceedings
This is an essential contribution to the project of crafting democratic paths to environmental change. The book lucidly sums up what is wrong with the 'transition' paradigm: this managerial approach leaves social actors un-equiped, and indeed mis-equiped, to contribute to the transformation of our world, while failing to extend the demand to "adjust to change" to the actors from whom this is required most urgently. The book brilliantly calls transition's bluff: it shows how a focus on the actual locations - the 'milieux' - in which energy transitions happen is NOT to shrink one's perspective to the 'small-scale'. It is to uncover the lateral forces that make change actually happen.
Pr. Noortje Marres, University of Warwick, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
“It is rare to find an analysis of energy transitions that is both empirically rich and conceptually sophisticated. Based on an extensive international body of case study research this book should be key reading for those trying to enact more democratically constituted transition processes and engage theoretically with the socio-technical dimensions of system change”.
Pr. Gordon Walker, Lancaster University, Lancaster Environment Centre and DEMAND Centre
This wide-ranging exploration of the socio-political consequences of decarbonisation highlights the democratic possibilities at stake in energy transition. Its rich set of case materials, drawn from Europe and North Africa, foregrounds the ‘conduct’ of transition and shows how the progressive potential of renewable resources and low-carbon technologies cannot be assumed. Energy landscapes are shaped by the categories of thought and practice through which they are realised, the authors argue, so that any democratic dividend from decarbonisation must be worked for and achieved.
This wide-ranging exploration of the socio-political consequences of decarbonisation highlights the democratic possibilities at stake in energy transition. A rich set of case materials foreground the ‘conduct’ of transition to show how the progressive potential of renewable resources and low-carbon technologies cannot be assumed. Any democratic dividend from decarbonisation, the authors argue, must be worked for and achieved.
Pr. Gavin Bridge, Professor of Economic Geography, Durham University
This book offers a theoretically novel and integrated understanding of energy system transformations. The authors present a rich collection of case studies and conceptual insights, offering multiple angles on infrastructural and political change in the energy sector. An essential text for scholars, students and practitioners interested in energy and socio-technical systems.
Pr. Stefan Bouzarovski, Department of Geography, University of Manchester ; Director of the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy, Manchester Urban Institute