Energy is a social good: implications for behavioural research and energy efficiency policy

Panel: Introductory plenary session

Harold Wilhite, University of Oslo, Centre for Development and the Environment


This paper briefly outlines the history of theoretical and policy approaches to ‘energy behavior’ in energy efficiency policy; assesses the strengths and weaknesses of conventional conceptualizations of behavior and demand; and draws attention to innovative approaches to accommodating the socio-material contributors to energy demand in both research agendas and policy practices. Particular attention is given to the the potential for practice theory to invigorate the theoretical and policy enagement with behaviour.


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