Energy Transitions

A Socio-technical Inquiry

  • Olivier Labussière
  • Alain Nadaï

Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment book series (ECE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Olivier Labussière, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 1-48
  3. Alain Nadaï, Olivier Labussière
    Pages 49-100
  4. Catherine Grandclément, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 101-142
  5. Béatrice Cointe, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 143-190
  6. Alain Nadaï, Olivier Labussière
    Pages 191-237
  7. Olivier Labussière, Vincent Banos, Antoine Fontaine, Eric Verdeil, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 239-275
  8. Olivier Labussière, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 277-317
  9. Olivier Labussière, Alain Nadaï
    Pages 319-334
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 335-348

About this book


This book elucidates what it means to transition to alternative sources of energy and discusses the potential for this energy transition to be a more democratic process. The book dynamically describes a recent sociotechnical study of a number of energy transitions occurring in several countries - France, Germany and Tunisia, and involving different energy technologies - including solar, on/off-shore wind, smart grids, biomass, low-energy buildings, and carbon capture and storage. Drawing on a pragmatist tradition of social inquiry, the authors examine the consequences of energy transition processes for the actors and entities that are affected by them, as well as the spaces for political participation they offer. This critical inquiry is organised according to foundational categories that have defined the energy transition - ‘renewable’ energy resources, markets, economic instruments, technological demonstration, spatiality (‘scale’) and temporality (‘horizon(s)’). Using a set of select case studies, this book systematically investigates the role these categories play in the current developments in energy transitions. 


Paris COP21 Energy Technology Environmental Politics Energy Resources Wind Energy Economic Sociology Renewable Energy energy transition investment-oriented policy instruments low carbon communities smart grids social and spatial heritage transition potential sustainable energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Olivier Labussière
    • 1
  • Alain Nadaï
    • 2
  1. 1.Pacte Social Sciences Research Centre, UGA, CNRS, Science Po Grenoble, Grenoble INPGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, CIRED-CNRSNogent-sur-MarneFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77024-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77025-3
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