STESSProject reference: 303443
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STESS: Socio-Technical and multilevel perspectives on Energy Services Security
Total cost:EUR 100 000
EU contribution:EUR 100 000
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIGSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)
Public and Government’s concerns about energy security have been increasing in recent years due to rising demand for energy, resources depletion as well as different types of political, social, technological and environmental constraints on energy systems. The traditional approach for energy security is narrow and focuses on the security of supply. It concentrates on economics, international relations and technical aspects of the system.
The proposed research, STESS, applies for the first time socio-technical and multi-level perspectives for studying energy security. It focuses on energy services and introduces an innovative research approach that aims to broaden the scope of energy security studies and to develop new criteria for the examination, analysis and evaluation of energy services security (ESS), and strategic responses to energy services threats. This done in the context of the transition to a low carbon economy and vis-a-vis traditional approaches to energy security.
STESS will contribute to:
(1) The theoretical development of the energy security literature which is currently dominated by energy supply and top-down approaches.
(2) The development of ESS measurements and evaluation criteria, which are currently supply biased.
(3) The development of resilience indicators and new strategic responses to ESS threats, which are currently supply oriented and involve a small set of actors.
STESS is a comparative (Israel - UK) research and is composed of five stages:
Stage 1 examines users practices, perspectives and perceptions of ESS;
Stage 2 examines the institutional structure of energy service and ESS;
Stage 3 examines roles that middle agents play in providing ESS;
Stage 4 draws the governance structure of ESS, and develops multi-level criteria for the measurement and evaluation of ESS sustainability, resilience, robustness, durability and stability;
Stage 5 examines results against selected transition scenarios for the energy system.
EU contribution: EUR 100 000
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