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Titel (primär) Supporting civic engagement in German energy cooperatives – Transdisciplinary research based on the reflection of individual needs
Autor Centgraf, S.;
Journal / Serie Energy Research & Social Science
Erscheinungsjahr 2018
Department UPOL;
Band/Volume 44
Sprache englisch;
POF III (gesamt) T16;
Keywords Energy transition; Human Scale Development Approach; Energy cooperatives; Transdisciplinary research
Abstract Civic engagement is currently playing a major role in the transformation of European energy systems. In Germany, citizen-driven renewable energy cooperatives (RECs) are often presented as pioneers of change and as models for the development of energy initiatives within Europe. Current research on RECs focuses mainly on entrepreneurial adaptations and innovations; what is generally missing from the research, however, is a detailed consideration of the human dimensions of this engagement. In view of this, the present paper proposes applying the needs-oriented Human Scale Development Approach (HSDA) as a means of supporting civic engagement within a transdisciplinary research framework. It is argued that the needs perspective can be helpful in developing new strategies that support initiatives in their objective to remain stable and robust over the long term. The empirical part of the paper presents three case studies of German RECs which (1) explore the challenges encountered by active members in their everyday organizational efforts, (2) describe the potential benefits from their involvement, and (3) identify factors that encourage civic engagement. The results indicate that the challenges are inhibiting factors which not only jeopardize the groups’ shared objectives but also adversely influence the emotional well-being of those who are actively involved.
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Centgraf, S. (2018):
Supporting civic engagement in German energy cooperatives – Transdisciplinary research based on the reflection of individual needs
Energy Res. Soc. Sci. 44 , 112 - 121