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SOCIAL INNOVATION IN ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Co-creating a rich understanding of the diversity, processes, contributions, success and future potentials of social innovation in the energy sector


Co-creation, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy

Deliverable D26 outlines how the project activities and results will be communicated, specifying its target audiences, key messages, as well as channels to be used throughout the project. In particular, it outlines the concept of SONNET’s website, including its key contents. In addition to the project’s own activities and channels, the strategy will consider synergies with partners’ own dissemination activities, as well as those of related projects and organisations. Output of T7.1.

Methodological guidelines for case study analysis of SIE-initiatives

Deliverable D9 outlines the methodological approach for the conduction of case studies investigating SIE-initiatives. This includes case study selection criteria and processes, explanations about the innovation history and critical turning point method, topic guides for the interviews and ethical considerations. Output of T3.1.

Synthesis report on comparative analysis of SIE initiatives in six countries: Encouraging the diversity, processes and contributions of SIE

Deliverable D11 includes the comparative metaanalysis on the basis of the five in depth case studies of SIEinitiatives in the six SONNET countries each The metaanalysis develops a systematic understanding of 1 the diversity of SIE 2 the processes of SIE incl enabling and impeding conditions 3 the contributions of SIE and 4 the local regional and national contexts in which SIEinitiatives evolve Output of T33

Updated Co-creation, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy

Deliverable D27 builds upon the original co-creation, dissemination and exploitation strategy, with the updates reflecting lessons learned throughout the first half of the project. It will also allow for considering any unforeseen developments, e.g. with regards to policy processes, European events or new related projects. Output of T7.1.

Working paper ‘The diversity, processes and contributions of social innovation in the energy sector: revised conceptual framework and SIE typology based on SONNET's empirical evidence'

Deliverable D4 revisits the initial conceptual framework D2 and typology D1 and refines these based on lessonslearned from the inter and transdisciplinary dialogue SONNET deliverables and input from SONNET members during the final project meeting The result is a robust and empirically grounded conceptual framework that can practically inform transition processes towards more secure sustainable competitive and affordable energy futures Output of T16

Final design of citizen surveys on individuals’ perceptions and acceptance of SIE and EU energy transitions

Deliverable D20 comprises of final versions of the questionnaires for the SONNET citizen surveys in three countries (Germany, France, Poland). The questionnaires include the stated preference choice experiments and items related to citizens’ perceptions of enabling and impeding conditions of SIE and acceptance of SIE and the EU Energy transitions. The deliverable will also include further details on the research design, like the intended sample characteristics and sample size. Output of T5.2.

Report on SONNET’s initial conceptual framework

Deliverable D2 outlines an initial version of SONNET’s conceptual framework including a number of testable working hypothesis regarding the diversity, processes, contributions, success and future potential of SIE-initiatives. This initial framework serves as reference point and starting point for SONNET’s empirical analysis. Output of T1.3.

Report on encouraging SIE through collaborative governance arrangement

Deliverable D5 presents a dynamic, process oriented collection of best practises for designing, learning and implementing collaborative governance arrangements within city administrations in the six SONNET cities. As such it reports on the mapping of governance arrangements used by city administrations to encourage SIE, which is complemented by findings of interviews with city representatives and a ‘reflection circle’ between SONNET city administrations. Output of T2.1.

Co-creating strategies for navigating multi-level policy dynamics to encourage SIE - reflections

Deliverable 8 provides guidance for SIEinitiatives and SIE intermediaries on how to better connect with and harness policy dynamics at different governance levels This is done by offering reflections on a multilevel multiactor policy dialogue facilitated with SIE intermediaries SONNET city partners and relevant policy makers from all governance levels discussing strategies for enhancing the role of SIE in EU national regional and local energy policy making Output of T24

Report on typology and characterisation of social innovation in the energy sector

Deliverable D1 captures the diversity of the SIE phenomena. It consists of two parts, firstly a mapping of about 500 different SIE initiatives across the SONNET countries and secondly, a characterisation of different types of social innovation in the energy sector. Connected to T1.2.

Report on findings of the six in-depth case study analyses of SIE-initiatives in Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Poland and Switzerland

Deliverable D10 includes a descriptive analysis and summary of the findings of the five indepth case studies of SIEinitiatives in Germany Belgium UK France Poland and Switzerland It is based on input from each academic partner 16 which will be combined into one deliverable including a short introduction and findings section For each SIEinitiative the content will include 1 an innovation timeline that sequentially lists key events relevant for the diversity processes and contributions of their initiative 2 an actor network map that shows the links between SIEinitiative and important stakeholders and 3 key critical turning points ie narratives signified by breakthroughs and setbacks changing the course of the social innovation initiative Output of T32

Towards a toolkit for harnessing policy networks for encouraging SIE in Europe

Deliverable 6 presents a toolkit for policy makers and SIE initiatives providing an accessible overview of the ways in which policy networks can be harnessed to facilitate SIE It is developed in close collaboration with the SONNET cities through an interview based identification of local and surrounding policy networks and their collaborative and conflictual relations Output of T22

Report on the SIE City Lab in Antwerp; specifying insights regarding processes (incl. enabling and impeding conditions) and contributions of SIE

Deliverable D14 presents the experience of Antwerp City Lab with drawing on approaches to citizen participation and design thinking to develop novel service models and organisation structures as a strategy to fight energy poverty in the context of clean energy transitions The structure of the report is based on the template provided in D12 and its content will feed into the City Lab Guide D19 Output of T43

Report on the SIE City Lab in Bristol; specifying insights regarding processes (incl. enabling and impeding conditions) and contributions of SIE

Deliverable D15 presents the experience of Bristol City Lab with crowdfunding as a novel investment activity to collectively raise the capital to install energy efficiency measures within community buildings within an urban area The form of the report will be based on the template provided in D12 and its content will feed into the City Lab Guide D19 Output of T44

Working paper synthesising 'SONNET's insights regarding the cross-cutting issues in sustainable energy transitions'

Deliverable D3 synthesizes the insights regarding the enabling and impeding conditions as well as contributions of SIE in relation to each of the crosscutting issues socioeconomic sociocultural and sociopolitical The resulting working paper also addresses the overlaps and the interrelation of these crosscutting issues with sociotechnical aspects Output of T15

Report on the SIE City Lab in Mannheim; specifying insights regarding processes (incl. enabling and impeding conditions) and contributions of SIE

Deliverable D13 presents the experience of Mannheim City Lab with novel urban governance structures and practises for enabling social innovation in the energy sector The structure of the report is based on the template provided in D12 and its content will feed into the City Lab Guide D19 Output of T42

Report on transdisciplinary research protocol for six co-creating SIE City Labs

Deliverable D12 reports the research protocols for the six SONNET City Labs, based on the review of existing approaches to transdisciplinary knowledge creation and the input from city and academic partners, including the result of a partner workshop. It also includes a template for the city-specific reports on City Labs and defines the teams of city administrations and local academic partners who collaborate in setting up, implementing and evaluating each City Lab. Output of T4.1

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Tangled transitions: Exploring the emergence of local electricity exchange in France, Switzerland and Great Britain

Author(s): Marfuga Iskandarova; Anne-Lorène Vernay; Jörg Musiolik; Leticia Müller; Benjamin K. Sovacool
Published in: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 180, 2022, Page(s) 121677, ISSN 0040-1625
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2022.121677

A typology for unpacking the diversity of social innovation in energy transitions

Author(s): Wittmayer, Julia M.; Hielscher, Sabine; Fraaije, Maria; Avelino, Flor; Rogge, Karoline
Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, 88, 2022, Page(s) 102513, ISSN 2214-6296
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102513

Introduction: Action Research, Policy and Politics. Special Issue of the International Journal of Action Research

Author(s): Julia Wittmayer; Koen P.R. Bartels; Miren Larrea
Published in: International Journal of Action Research, 1, 2021, Page(s) 3-17, ISSN 1861-9916
Publisher: Budrich
DOI: 10.3224/ijar.v17i1.01

Social movements in energy transitions: The politics of fossil fuel energy pathways in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Poland

Author(s): Sabine Hielscher; Julia M. Wittmayer; Alicja Dańkowska
Published in: The Extractive Industries and Society, 10, 2022, Page(s) 101073, ISSN 2214-790X
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2022.101073

Taking power seriously: Towards a power-sensitive approach for transdisciplinary action research

Author(s): Christian Scholl; Marta Strumińska-kutra
Published in: Futures, 135, 2022, Page(s) 102881, ISSN 0016-3287
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2021.102881

Smart grids and institutional change: Emerging contestations between organisations over smart energy transitions

Author(s): Rohde, F; Hielscher, H.
Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, 74, 2021, Page(s) 101974, ISSN 2214-6296
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.101974

Who finances renewable energy in Europe? Examining temporality, authority and contestation in solar and wind subsidies in Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom

Author(s): Marfuga Iskandarova; Agata Dembek; Maria Fraaije; William Matthews; Agata Stasik; Julia Wittmayer; Benjamin K. Sovacool
Published in: Energy Strategy Reviews, 38, 2021, Page(s) 100730, ISSN 2211-467X
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.esr.2021.100730

Beyond instrumentalism: Broadening the understanding of social innovation in socio-technical energy systems

Author(s): Julia M. Wittmayer, Tessa de Geus, Bonno Pel, Flor Avelino, Sabine Hielscher, Thomas Hoppe, Susan Mühlemeier, Agata Stasik, Sem Oxenaar, Karoline S. Rogge, Vivian Visser, Esther Marín-González, Merel Ooms, Saskia Buitelaar, Chris Foulds, Kristian Petrick, Salvador Klarwein, Seweryn Krupnik, Gerdien de Vries, Aleksandra Wagner, Anja Härtwig
Published in: Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 2020, Page(s) 101689, ISSN 2214-6296
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101689

Consumers or users? The impact of user learning about smart hybrid heat pumps on policy trajectories for heat decarbonisation

Author(s): Parrish, Bryony; Hielscher, S.; Foxon, T.J.
Published in: Energy Policy, 148, 2021, Page(s) 112006, ISSN 0301-4215
Publisher: Pergamon Press Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.112006

Evaluating a City Lab Process in Mannheim's district Neckarstadt-West: Three main challenges for the evaluation

Author(s): Seus, Sarah; Stadler, Maria
Published in: fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, 53, 2022, Page(s) 133-140, ISSN 1726-6629
Publisher: fteval
DOI: 10.22163/fteval.2022.550

Social Innovation in Energy Transition: Evaluation Challenges and Innovative Solutions

Author(s): Betz, R; Winzer, C.
Published in: Proceedings from eceee Summer Studies, 2022, 2022, ISSN 2001-7960
Publisher: ECEEE

A multi-level perspective on the Polish energy transition: managing social innovation development towards systemic change

Author(s): Dańkowska, Alicja
Published in: 2022
Publisher: Kozminski University

Soziale Innovationen in Transformationsprozessen - die Energiewende

Author(s): Wittmayer, J.; Hielscher, S.; Rohde, F.; Rogge, K.
Published in: Soziale Innovationen. Herausforderung für Politik und Wissenschaft, 2023
Publisher: Campus