Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison
    Pages 1-11 Open Access
  3. Energy as a Social Issue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Lucie Middlemiss, Ross Gillard, Victoria Pellicer, Koen Straver
      Pages 15-29 Open Access
    3. Sandy Kerr, Laura Watts, Ruth Brennan, Rhys Howell, Marcello Graziano, Anne Marie O’Hagan et al.
      Pages 31-46 Open Access
    4. Anna Åberg, Johanna Höffken, Susanna Lidström
      Pages 47-59 Open Access
  4. Social Sciences and Humanities in Interdisciplinary Endeavours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Sarah Higginson, Marina Topouzi, Carlos Andrade-Cabrera, Ciara O’Dwyer, Sarah Darby, Donal Finn
      Pages 63-81 Open Access
    3. Frankie McCarthy, Susan Bright, Tina Fawcett
      Pages 83-96 Open Access
    4. Antti Silvast, Ronan Bolton, Vincent Lagendijk, Kacper Szulecki
      Pages 97-110 Open Access
    5. Ralitsa Hiteva, Matthew Ives, Margot Weijnen, Igor Nikolic
      Pages 111-127 Open Access
  5. Interplay with Energy Policymaking Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Audley Genus, Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Marfuga Iskandarova, Senja Laakso
      Pages 131-144 Open Access
    3. Bruno Turnheim, Joeri Wesseling, Bernhard Truffer, Harald Rohracher, Luis Carvalho, Claudia Binder
      Pages 145-161 Open Access
    4. Gavin Bridge, Stefania Barca, Begüm Özkaynak, Ethemcan Turhan, Ryan Wyeth
      Pages 163-175 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-193

About this book


“An impressive take on contemporary energy policy issues with much needed fresh perspectives and an all-star roster of leading thinkers. I hope that every energy policymaker or even student of energy policy reads it.” 
– Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK.
“The authors brilliantly demonstrate through a number of approaches, cases and examples, how interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities research could and should be mobilised in EU energy policy and future energy transition research agendas.” 
– Marianne Ryghaug, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

This open access book advocates for the Social Sciences and Humanities to be more involved in energy policymaking. It forms part of the European platform for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities’ activities, and works on the premise that crossing disciplines is essential. All of its contributions are highly interdisciplinary, with each chapter grounded in at least three different Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines. These varying perspectives come together to cover an array of issues relevant to the energy transition, including: energy poverty, justice, political ecology, governance, behaviours, imaginaries, systems approaches, modelling, as well as the particular challenges faced by interdisciplinary work. As a whole, the book presents new ideas for future energy policy, particularly at the European level. It is a valuable resource for energy researchers interested in interdisciplinary and society-relevant perspectives. Those working outside the Social Sciences and Humanities will find this book an accessible way of learning more about how these subjects can constructively contribute to energy policy.

Chris Foulds is Senior Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, UK, and is co-lead of SHAPE ENERGY. His interests involve sociotechnical change, energy demand and policy interventions.

Rosie Robison is Senior Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, UK, and co-lead of SHAPE ENERGY. She researches sustainable consumption, interdisciplinary working, 'smart' energy policy, and psychosocial interventions. 


energy policy interdisciplinary energy research energy-SSH European energy union energy transition energy integration EU energy policy open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Foulds
    • 1
  • Rosie Robison
    • 2
  1. 1.Global Sustainability InstituteAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Global Sust. InstituteAnglia Ruskin UniversityCAMBRIDGEUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99096-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99097-2
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