ENTRUST to convene 2 sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London on the topic of "Consumer to Citizens: Reconfiguring the human factor in energy".
Session abstract: "Efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of energy have, to date, focused on designing energy-efficient technologies and developing renewable sources of energy. In recent years, there has been an emerging consensus that changes to individual and collective practices are required as part of a transition to more sustainable methods of living and energy consumption. Behaviour, practices and culture constitute a powerful human factor in the energy system; in particular the interactions between technologies, practices and norms lock individuals into certain patterns of (often inefficient) energy use. The result has been an increasing focus on behaviour change research, particularly on the social contexts in which people live, the routines they shape, and the extent to which people feel empowered to change them. There is a growing recognition of the need to reconfigure the human dimension to the energy system – from one where people are largely consigned a rather passive ‘active consumer’ role to that of a more engaged, rights-based ‘energy citizen’ that empowers and mobilises meaningful participation in the energy transition. In order to engage individuals more meaningfully with sustainability, and to more accurately reflect the emerging, dispersed and decentralised energy system, new understanding of the concepts and practice of energy citizenship are required. This session aims to bring together papers that offer new understandings towards new forms of citizenship and practices involved with transitions to a low-carbon energy society and future."
Details of session one
[01 September 2017, 09:00 - 10:40, RGS-IBG Council Room]
Details of session two
[01 September 2017, 11:10 - 12:50, RGS-IBG Council Room]