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PROactive Strategies and Policies for Energy Citizenship Transformation

Project description

Putting people at the heart of the decarbonisation pathway

While the transition towards clean energy is ongoing, urgent challenges remain regarding the pace. The EU funded EnergyPROSPECTS project aims to explore the ways in which energy citizenship affects the clean energy transition process across Europe. Through in-depth case studies, EnergyPROSPECTS will develop evaluation frameworks, indicator sets and toolkits to critically assess the conditions favouring active energy citizenship. The project will match suitable models with different countries and conduct a citizen survey to appraise the validity of various options. At key stages, the project will produce practical policy outputs and discuss the results with policy actors in knowledge exchange workshops. Through its innovative approaches, EnergyPROSPECTS will advance critical assessment of the possibilities and limitations of energy citizenship.


EnergyPROSPECTS (PROactive Strategies and Policies for Energy Citizenship Transformation) will work with a critical understanding of energy citizenship that is grounded in state-of-the-art SSH insights. Our 3-year project aims to develop a broad understanding of energy citizenship, which we understand as a policy concept, a socio-technical imaginary, a knowing-of-governance, i.e. a social construction of desirable/normal civic agency in future energy systems. We identify and examine a range of cross-cutting issues in energy citizenship, which will inform iterative typology development and criteria for case selection. Drawing on existing databases and a search for new cases, we will select 500 initiatives and undertake mapping and typology refinement exercises to demonstrate the depth/breadth of the energy citizenship concept in theory and practice. 40 cases will be selected for in-depth analysis exploring development, evaluation, intermediaries, institutions, governance and ICT in energy systems. Using a multi-actor perspective, we will develop an empowerment toolkit for practitioners and citizens, co-create viable strategies, and develop new business and social innovation models, and new forms of organisation to advance energy citizenship. A critical part of the research involves analysing the external and internal contextual conditions as they support or hinder energy citizenship in its various forms. Based on the analysis we will match suitable models and forms of organisation with different countries, regions and contexts. We will conduct a citizen survey to appraise the validity of various scenarios and discuss and refine results in citizen workshops and policy forums. We will produce practical policy outputs which will be revised with policy actors in knowledge exchange workshops. Overall the project will advance state-of-the-art energy research and provide recommendations for harnessing energy citizenship to achieve energy and decarbonisation goals in Europe.

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Net EU contribution
€ 536 016,00
H91 Galway

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Ireland Northern and Western West
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 536 016,25

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