Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Heiskanen, Eva
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title
Citizens, everyday life and tensions in the energy transition
Decision No. 333556
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023
Funding 360 000
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Project description
The project investigates challenges encountered by ordinary citizens in the energy transition, and possibilities to overcome them, through four in-depth cases identified as critical in previous research. We focus on (1) the equity effects of the electrification of transport, (2) the changing relationships between energy companies and consumers, (3) the challenges encountered by users of energy-smart buildings and (4) energy poverty among low-income owners of homes in need of refurbishment. Through our empirical research, we conceptualize the link between competence and inclusion in the energy transition by exploring how new competences of using and producing energy relate to particular practices and create identities and affordances for participation. In addition to academic contributions, we also produce societal impact via workshops, meetings and media appearances introducing new inclusive ways of engaging citizens in the energy transition.