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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

Objective

SONNET aims to create an inter- and transdisciplinary understanding of the diversity and processes of social innovations in the energy sector (SIE). It assesses - critically and reflexively- the success, contributions and future potential of SIE towards sustainable energy transitions in Europe. SONNET investigates how, to what extent and under which enabling conditions diverse types of SIE may result in new breakthroughs or successfully help to overcome transition barriers; such as limited citizen engagement or slow adoption of new technologies.

SONNET’s empirical research is informed by a novel conceptual framework combining insights from sustainability transitions, energy studies and social innovation literatures. It bridges qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in an innovative multi-method research design. Across 30 qualitative in-depth case studies situated in six European countries, SONNET investigates the diversity, processes, success and contributions of SIE. Given its focus on urban areas as major hubs for SIE, SONNET conducts six transdisciplinary SIE city labs to experiment with new forms of SIE and learn about how multiple actors can harness the potential of SIE. In addition, based on three large-scale representative citizen surveys, SONNET assesses the future potential of SIE and derives implications for reconfiguring existing and developing new business models.

SONNET synthesizes its findings in an integrated knowledge framework for a socio-economic, socio-cultural (incl. gender) and socio-political understanding of enabling and impeding conditions for SIE and SIE contributions when working towards accelerating sustainable energy transitions in Europe. Through a cutting edge co-creation, dissemination and exploitation strategy, SONNET ensures that its practical recommendations, tools and capacity building activities have a maximum impact on its key stakeholders such as citizens, SIE actors, policy makers, and businesses.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-NZE-CC
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 673 918,75

Participants (11)

DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 329 375
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Other
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 379 515
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETABLISSEMENT D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR CONSULAIRE GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 439 750
Address
12 Rue Pierre Semard
38003 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AKADEMIA LEONA KOZMINSKIEGO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 90 937,50
Address
Jagiellonska 59
03-301 Warsawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 334 137,50
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 268 375
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
STADT MANNHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 99 500
Address
Rathaus E 5
68159 Mannheim
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STAD ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 116 403,75
Address
Grote Markt 1 Stadhuis
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 125 607,50
Address
The Council House College Green
BS1 5TR Bristol
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
COMMUNE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
11 Boulevard Jean Pain
38021 Grenoble
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MIASTO STOLECZNE WARSZAWA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 42 312,50
Address
Plac Bankowy 3/5
00 950 Warszawa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)