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Decentralised energy, decentralised accountability? Lessons on how to govern decentralised electricity transitions from multi-level natural resource governance

2020
Marie Claire Brisbois

Emerging decentralised electricity systems require new approaches to energy governance. As energy sources shift and technology evolves, electricity governance is shifting from largely centralized models...

Legitimacy and accountability in the governance of sustainable energy transitions

2020
Siddharth Sareen | Håvard Haarstad

How can we enable equitable decarbonisation? There is a wide gap between power to make transformative decisions, on the one hand, and agency on the part of those affected by climate change, on the other....

European energy poverty metrics: Scales, prospects and limits

2020
Siddharth Sareen | Harriet Thomson | Sergio Tirado Herrero | João Pedro Gouveia | Ingmar Lippert | Aleksandra Lis

Energy poverty, a condition whereby people cannot secure adequate home energy services, is gaining prominence in public discourse and on political and policy agendas. As its measurement is operationalised,...

Legitimating the governance of embodied emissions as a building block for sustainable energy transitions

2020
Nino David Jordan | Raimund Bleischwitz

•Presents important developments in governance of embodied emissions.•Empirical analysis of building industry as vanguard of embodied emissions governance.•Connects developments in building industry...

The subsidiarity principle in innovation policy for societal challenges

2020
Iris Wanzenböck | Koen Frenken

While national governments are the main actors in innovation policy, we witness a proliferation of challenge-oriented innovation policies both at the subnational and the supranational level. This begs...

Towards gender equality in Mediterranean Engineering Schools through networking, collaborative learning, synergies and commitment to SDGs-The RMEI approach

2020
Anastasia Zabaniotou

Gender equality is a critical goal because its implementation can foster positive cascading effects on the achievement of all SDGs, and it is directly connected to the nexus of education-sustainability....

Responsible Innovation in the contexts of the European Union and China: Differences, challenges and opportunities

2020
Liang Mei | Hannot Rodríguez | Jin Chen

The European Union (EU) has increasingly promoted “Responsible Innovation” (RI) policies in order to better harmonize technological progress with societal interest. RI has also triggered the attention...

Rural revitalization and scientific management in the Pearl River Delta— scientific decision based on scientific rationality and public understanding

2019
Zhicheng Tang

The Pearl River Delta region is an important economic region of China. It has profoundly affected China and the whole world and is an economic region that is highly valued. The Pearl River Delta region...

Sustainable energy transitions and social inequalities in energy access: A relational comparison of capabilities in three European countries

2019
Françoise Bartiaux | Mara Maretti | Alfredo Cartone | Philipp Biermann | Veneta Krasteva

The influences of energy transitions on social inequity are multidimensional in their attributes and connections. For adequate accountability of their social correlates, policies aiming to implement...

Analysing interactions among Sustainable Development Goals with Integrated Assessment Models

2019
Heleen L. van Soest | Detlef P. van Vuuren | Jérôme Hilaire | Jan C. Minx | Mathijs J.H.M. Harmsen | Volker Krey | Alexander Popp | Keywan Riahi | Gunnar Luderer

To achieve all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it is necessary to understand how they interact with each other. Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) represent many human–environment interactions...

Taking away a “social licence”: Neo-Gramscian perspectives on an international fossil fuel divestment norm

2019
Mathieu Blondeel

The international fossil fuel divestment norm formulates a standard of appropriate behaviour to withdraw investments from fossil fuel assets and reinvest them into climate-friendly solutions. Its ultimate...

Global governance for climate justice: A cross-national analysis of CO2 emissions

2019
Andrew Hargrove | Mais Qandeel | Jamie M. Sommer

Sustainable energy transitions are key to achieving climate justice for all. Carbon dioxide emissions’ (CO2) unequal distribution globally is one of the many issues preventing climate justice. Efforts...

“Lead the district into the light”: Solar energy infrastructure injustices in Kerala, India

2019
Heather P. Bedi

Solar energy represents a fossil fuel alternative to meet India’s rising energy demand. Large mega-watt solar projects require contiguous land, which is sparse in the South Indian state of Kerala. Drawing...

Accountability relations and market reform in China’s electric power sector

2019
Dan Wu

Environmental authoritarianism characterizes China’s energy transition and its renewable energy boost as a top-down process initiated by the centralized developmental state. This article attempts to...

Transition to bioenergy: Engineering and technology undergraduate students’ perceptions of and readiness for agricultural waste-based bioenergy in Greece

2019
Α. Zabaniotou | D. Fytili | Ε. Lakioti | V. Karayannis

Bioenergy, an interdisciplinary and region-specific sector, constitutes a strong market player with high growth prospects in the energy transition field. Bioenergy engineering education is essential...

Legitimacy and field development: Electricity transition(s) in Germany

2019
Gerhard Fuchs

The paper draws on recent developments in the field of electricity generation and distribution in Germany to outline some basic assumptions on how legitimation strategies are framed and differ between...

Using conflicts to uncover injustices in energy transitions: The case of social impacts of energy efficiency policies in the housing sector in Germany

2019
Katrin Grossmann

Energy efficiency in the housing stock has been praised as a win-win strategy reducing end energy use for heating and alleviating energy poverty. However, policies to foster energy efficiency improvements...

Disentangling the rhetoric of public goods from their externalities: The case of climate engineering

2019
Robert Holahan | Prakash Kashwan

Public goods are defined by the technical conditions of nonexclusion and nonrivalry. Nonetheless, public goods are frequently viewed in environmental policy and scholarly debates as providing strictly...

Applying open innovation strategies in the context of a regional innovation ecosystem: The case of Janssen Pharmaceuticals

2019
Joanna Robaczewska | Wim Vanhaverbeke | Annika Lorenz

Open innovation strategies in large firms have been changing considerably during the last 15 years. Some multinationals are now taking a long-term, strategic approach to Open innovation, thereby actively...

Concentration of power: A UK case study examining the dominance of incumbent automakers and suppliers in automotive sociotechnical transitions

2019
Jean-Paul Skeete

Sustainable transition scholarship has recently challenged the stereotypical characterisation of sociotechnical transitions, by revisiting the concept of creative destruction. The central counterargument...

Enriching innovation ecosystems: The role of government in a university science park

2019
Sunny Li Sun | Yanli Zhang | Yuhua Cao | Jielin Dong | John Cantwell

The direct top-down approach and indirect bottom-up approach are two ends of the spectrum in the role of government in developing an innovation ecosystem. Taking a hybrid approach, we develop the concept...

One health and the agricultural transition in food animal production

2019
Ellen K. Silbergeld

In the spirit of this important new journal, this paper seeks to explore the implications of agricultural transitions for human and animal health, as well as the sustainability of regional and global...

Centralized protection scheme for smart grid integrated with multiple renewable resources using Internet of Energy

2019
M.M. Eissa | Medhat H.A. Awadalla

Transmission and subtransmission lines in smart grid systems are designed as multitapped lines to supply loads or integrate wind or solar farms as medium-sized generation technologies. Transmission...

Climate change: Disruption, risk and opportunity

2019
Alistair Woodward

Climate change is disruptive because virtually all aspects of our lives are best located in the Goldilocks zone: the place where it is “not too hot and not too cold but just right”. Rising greenhouse...

Environmental and resource burdens associated with low carbon, more electric transition pathways to 2050: Footprint components from carbon emissions and land use to waste arisings and water consumption

2019
Geoffrey P. Hammond | Hayley R. Howard | Hanumant Singh Rana

Environmental or ‘ecological’ footprints have been widely used in recent years as indicators of resource consumption and waste absorption transformed on the basis of biologically productive land area...

A roadmap for semi-automatically extracting predictive and clinically meaningful temporal features from medical data for predictive modeling

2019
Gang Luo

Predictive modeling based on machine learning with medical data has great potential to improve healthcare and reduce costs. However, two hurdles, among others, impede its widespread adoption in healthcare....

Industrial revitalization via industry 4.0 – A comparative policy analysis among China, Germany and the USA

2019
Chu-Chi Kuo | Joseph Z. Shyu | Kun Ding

In the second decade of the 21st century, rapid proliferation of technology and intensified global competition have created a sense of urgency for governments of developed and developing nations alike...

Measuring regenerative economics: 10 principles and measures undergirding systemic economic health

2019
Brian D. Fath | Daniel A. Fiscus | Sally J. Goerner | Anamaria Berea | Robert E. Ulanowicz

Applying network science concepts and methods to economic systems is not a new idea. In the last few decades, however, advances in non-equilibrium thermodynamics (i.e., self-organizing, open, dissipative,...

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