A systemic approach to mapping participation with low-carbon energy transitions

Chilvers, Jason ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9238-1653, Bellamy, Rob, Pallett, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5014-6356 and Hargreaves, Tom ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3764-7364 (2021) A systemic approach to mapping participation with low-carbon energy transitions. Nature Energy, 6. pp. 250-259. ISSN 2058-7546

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Low-carbon transitions demand long-term systemic transformations and meaningful societal engagement. Most approaches to engaging society with energy and climate change fail to address the systemic nature of this challenge, focusing on discrete forms of participation in specific parts of wider systems. Our systemic approach combines comparative case mapping of diverse public engagements across energy systems with participatory Distributed Deliberative Mapping of energy system futures. We show how UK public participation with energy is more diverse than dominant approaches posit. Attending to these more varied models of participation opens up citizen and expert views, values and visions of sustainable energy transitions, revealing support for more distributed energy system futures that recognise the roles of society. Going beyond narrow, discrete understandings of communication and public engagement towards systemic approaches to mapping participation can provide plural and robust forms of social intelligence needed to govern low-carbon transitions in more socially responsive, just and responsible ways.

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Additional Information: Data Availability: Data and documentation for all 258 cases in the mapping participation comparative case analysis can be openly accessed at: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13850975. Data and material that support the findings of the DDM study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request after two years from publication of this article. Publisher correction at: 10.1038/s41560-021-00812-x. In the version of this Article originally published, the term ‘low-carbon’ was missing from the title. Furthemore, the wrong version of the Reporting Summary was used. All versions of the Article have been corrected and the Reporting Summary file replaced.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Science, Society and Sustainability
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 00:58
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 00:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79158
DOI: 10.1038/s41560-020-00762-w

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