Sustainable lifestyles and political economy of energy transitions

How do the three perspectives on energy transitions view the role of lifestyle changes? The techno-economic perspective points to the quantitative importance of lifestyle changes but is agnostic about their driving forces. The techno-social perspective identifies historic evidence for the key role of energy end-uses in transitions, but views the timing and direction of such changes as largely unpredictable. The political perspective highlights the importance of state intervention but is still under-theoritized with respect to modern energy challenges and technologies.

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POLET workshop report

The workshop on the political economy of energy transitions was held at Central European University in Budapest on February 12-13, 2015. It brought together 13 scholars representing energy modelling, political science and science-technology studies. The final workshop report (19 pages) is now available on our website.

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