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The use of three perspectives to make energy implementation studies more culturally informed
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy and Environmental Technology.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy and Environmental Technology.
2014 (English)In: Energy, Sustainability and Society, ISSN 2192-0567, Vol. 4, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In our research on the social and technical feasibility of a small-scale electrical power system in Tanzania, we have perceived a need for an alternative framework or method for social scientific studies of limited scope. The approach we suggest is also a response to the growing criticism of cultural ignorance with which many energy implementation projects are handled. Theories from Social Anthropology and Sociology form the core of the approach we present. In addition, concepts from Science and Technology studies are used, as well as lessons learned from History of Technology. We suggest that particular attention should be paid to three aspects: identification of social actors, perceptions of change, and long-term feasibility and sustainability. The approach has been developed and concretised through application in our research. To elucidate our suggested approach, we use examples and results from our ongoing research project, in which the 'Three-perspectives-approach' is currently applied. We have combined theories, approaches and knowledge from different disciplines in order to formulate a framework for studies of social aspects of energy projects that is structured, concise and comparable. The approach is developed to target multi-disciplinary researchers with limited training in social scientific research. It may also be used by project implementers, or as a way for social scientists to present their findings in a way that facilitates for non-social scientists to integrate them into practice. We suggest that the Three-perspectives-approach may be applied independently, os as a complement to other tools.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2014. Vol. 4, no 3
Keywords [en]
Three-perspectives-approach, energy implementation, energy transition, social actors, socio-cultural change, multi-disciplinary research
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy, Forests and Built Environments, Teknisk och social anpassning av små hybridelnät för förnybar energi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13813DOI: 10.1186/2192-0567-4-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13813DiVA, id: diva2:697164
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Swedish Research Council
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