Call for papers – 5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency

Start/Stop Date:
28 Feb 2018
Zûrich University of Applied Science
Zürich, Switzerland
Focus Areas:
Behaviour and energy efficiency
Type of Event:

Behave 2018 will be held from 5th to 7th September 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.      The conference aims to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners   to discuss problems and measures in the field of behaviours related to end-use  energy efficiency and sufficiency and the adoption of low-carbon technologies. As such, it will focus on various fields of research, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Behave 2018 aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on sustainable energy behaviour in transport, buildings and consumption of goods as well as the individual and social acceptance of sustainable technologies (e.g. renewables). In particular, the conference should act as a platform to share multi-disciplinary research on new technological developments and best practices concerning understanding and influencing energy-related behaviours. Therefore, contributions to Behave 2018 should provide theoretical knowledge, evidence-based research and methods as well as innovative practices related to fostering sustainable energy behaviour. They can focus on either macro- (countries, regions, cities), meso- (organisations, districts, communities) or micro-levels (individuals, buildings).

The conference will take place on the Campus “Toni-Areal” in the City of Zurich. There are many public transport possibilities to reach the venue either from Zurich Airport or from Zurich main station.

Papers can be submitted on the following subjects. This list is not comprehensive. Other relevant topics may be chosen.

  • Behaviour integration into smart grid, energy and transportation modelling
  • Demand-side information and management in smart energy and transport systems
  • Digitalisation, ICT, automation, and behaviour
  • Determinants of behaviour change, consumer segmentation and tailoring, user engagement
  • Discourse by and among different actors, such as authorities, consumers, media, intermediaries and stakeholders, and related communication strategies
  • Acceptance and use of renewable energies, load shifting and low carbon technologies
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to energy and mobility behaviours
  • Psychological and communicative prerequi- sites of policy change, social and techno- logical innovations
  • Energy poverty and vulnerable consumers
  • Business models, norms, standards and strategies determining decisions in the industries
  • Policies, innovation initiatives, living labs, interventions, social practices, case and real world studies and their evaluation
  • Methodological approaches for investigating energy-related behaviour