Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Project Information

Project Title
"Responsible-decision making on Gas"

Institute
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen - Environmental Psychology

PhD Student
Irene Maltagliati

Supervisor(s)
Prof. dr. Linda Steg Principal investigator & daily supervisor and promotor
Dr. Goda Perlaviciute Daily supervisor and co-promotor
Dr. Nadja Contzen Second co-promotor

Period
16 June 2017 - 16 June 2021

Funding
Second (NWO/Dutch Science Foundation)


Summary

The use and production of natural gas is causing controversies, as reflected in debates about the earthquakes in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands, gas production activities at vulnerable locations, shale gas, imports from Russia, and its fossil nature. At the same time, it is advocated that gas can play an important role in the sustainable energy transition and new developments are being introduced in the gas sector, such as biogas and power-to-gas. It is a societal and ethical challenge to determine what role, if any, gas can play in the (future) energy system. The current project aims to understand the effects of individual factors, institutional factors and stakeholders’ frames on public evaluations of gas. The purpose of this project is to provide insights for responsible decisions about what role, if any, different gas developments should play in future energy systems.


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