Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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Project Information

Project Title
"Public participation and public acceptability of sustainable energy transition: a comparative research in the Netherlands and China"

Institute
University of Groningen - Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

PhD Student
Lu Liu

Supervisor(s)
Linda Steg
Goda Perlaviciute
Thijs Bouman

Period
16 October 2016 - 16 October 2020

Funding
CSC-UG Scholarship


Summary

There is an urgent need for a sustainable energy transition, but public acceptability of related policies and concrete measures (e.g. installing smart appliances) can be a serious barrier. It is commonly assumed that people are more likely to accept energy transitions if they participate in the decision making process. Yet, little is known about how different aspects of participation affect the acceptability of policies and technologies that promote a sustainable energy transition. The main research questions that will be addressed are how the public evaluates different ways of participating in decision making about a sustainable energy transition in different cultures (the Netherlands and China), and how participation in turn affects public acceptability of a sustainable energy transition.


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