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Porträtt Katinka Johansen. Foto: Emma Lord.

Katinka Johansen


Porträtt Katinka Johansen. Foto: Emma Lord.

Energy transitions and social psychology : A sociotechnical perspective


  • Katinka Johansen
  • Paul Upham
  • Paula Bögel

Summary, in English

This book explains how social psychological concepts can be closely integrated with sociotechnical perspectives of energy transitions. It shows the
value of actor-centred analysis that acknowledges the role of individuallevel processes within their wider contexts of energy supply and use. In this
way, the book connects social psychological and sociological frames of
analysis, preserving the value of both, to provide multi-level, analytically
extended accounts of energy transitions processes.
Sociotechnical thinking is about the interactions of people and technology, including the rules, regulations and institutions involved. Such perspectives help to identify the many forms of path dependency that can
make change difficult. Human behaviour plays a strong role in maintaining
these path dependencies, but it can also introduce change. This book advocates a deliberately interdisciplinary research agenda that recognises the
value of social psychological perspectives when seeking to create new pathways for energy supply and use. At the same time, it also demonstrates the
value of sociotechnical perspectives for energy-related social psychology.
Energy Transitions and Social Psychology will be of great interest to
students and scholars of energy transitions, environmental and energy
psychology, sustainable development and innovation studies, as well as
students and scholars of environment and energy more generally.










  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Energy Systems




  • ISBN: 978-0-429-45865-1
  • ISBN: 978-1-138-31175-6