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Energy Biographies Research Report

Groves, Christopher, Henwood, Karen, Shirani, Fiona, Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank, Butler, Catherine and Parkhill, Karen 2016. Energy Biographies Research Report. [Project Report]. Cardiff: .Energy Biographies.

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Abstract

Energy Biographies created a bespoke social science methodology that draws on insights from lifecourse studies, practice theory, and geographical studies of community and place. In bringing together these insights, it recognizes that what people do and how they understand themselves are multiply conditioned. Rather than simply being an outgrowth of more or less rational choices based on available information about the likely consequences of their actions, actions and beliefs are actively moulded by the technological infrastructure on which everyday life depends, the shared practices in which people are participants, the relationships and experiences which shape their biographies, and the evolution of the different communities (of place and of interest) in which they are located. Energy Biographies findings identify several overlooked influences on how energy use changes across the lifecourse and within different community contexts. They suggest that the dominant foci of policy on energy demand (e.g. technology-enabled changes in individual behaviour) may be misplaced, and offers openings towards alternative pathways for change.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy consumption lifecourse studies attachment biographical methods narrative methods practice theory
Publisher: .Energy Biographies
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 04:29
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87333

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