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International Social Innovation Research Conference

Call for Papers for Special Issue on Social Innovation in Energy Transitions

Social innovation (SI) is gaining momentum in many parts of the world, in many different fields. While not a panacea, SI is a radical shift away from a mechanistic and technocratic view of solving world’s problems through technologies, proposing instead to prioritize the needs of the societies involved. In terms of the current worldwide transition to clean energy, SI is present in many forms, e.g.  through community owned energy services to novel approaches to sharing costs, risks and benefits of energy production. SI is also driving decentralized power generation and distribution in many countries and increasing citizens’ participation and cooperation in energy. While the study of SI in energy and other socio-technical transitions is gaining momentum, methodological rigour, and ontological understanding can still be greatly improved. 

This Special Issue aims to offer a necessary and timely forum for sharing perspectives and case studies from around the world in this complex and emerging theme in order to advance the boundaries of the field. The objective of the Special Issue is to bring together academics and practitioners who study or are engaged in SI in sustainable energy transitions. We welcome them to share their experiences, discuss the methods and models they have used in implementing SI in energy transitions, and describe the impacts that they have seen in societies in transition.  

We invite contributions which deal with, but are not limited to:

  • SI methods and models implemented in energy transitions
  • Case studies in emerging or less-well studied countries and regions
  • SI at different geographical scales of energy transitions: local, national, regional and global
  • Institutional and organisational forms for SI in energy transitions
  • The quantitative and qualitative perspectives for analysis of SI in energy transitions
  • SI in community energy
  • Stakeholder and participatory (dis)engagement, (dis)empowerment and (in)equity through SI in energy transitions
  • Enablers and barriers for SI in energy transitions
  • Quantification of impact of SI in energy transitions
  • The role of connections and social networks

This Special Issue is convened in conjunction with the International Social Innovation Research Conference to be held from 2nd to 4th of September, 2019, hosted by The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University. The Special Issue is aligned with one of the conference streams titled “Social Innovation in Energy Transitions”. 

Important Dates

Submissions are subject to several rounds of peer review, for which the following are key dates:

  • Date of opening for full paper submissions: 1st of May 2019
  • Deadline for full paper submissions: 31st of December 2019

Guest Editors

  • Sujeetha Selvakkumaran, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • Richard Hewitt, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK
  • Bill Slee, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK
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