Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Charlotte Jensen, Inge Røpke, Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy
    Pages 9-19 Open Access
  4. Eoin Grealis, Annika-Kathrin Musch, Henrike Rau
    Pages 21-33 Open Access
  5. Inge Røpke, Charlotte Jensen, Maj-Britt Quitzau
    Pages 35-46 Open Access
  6. Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy, Eimear Heaslip
    Pages 47-57 Open Access
  7. Marfuga Iskandarova, Audley Genus
    Pages 59-69 Open Access
  8. Lidija Živčič, Tomislav Tkalec
    Pages 95-104 Open Access
  9. Laure Dobigny, Marlyne Sahakian
    Pages 105-114 Open Access
  10. Marko Hajdinjak, Desislava Asenova
    Pages 115-126 Open Access
  11. Eva Heiskanen, Senja Laakso, Kaisa Matschoss
    Pages 127-136 Open Access
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 153-157

About this book


This open access book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions that each summarise national trends, socio-material characteristics, and policy responses to contemporary energy issues affecting householders in different countries, and provides good practice examples for designing and implementing sustainable energy initiatives. Prominent concerns include reducing carbon emissions, energy poverty, sustainable consumption, governance, practices, innovations and sustainable lifestyles. The opening and closing contributions consider European level energy policy, dominant and alternative problem framings and similarities and differences between European countries in relation to reducing household energy use. Overall, the book is a valuable resource for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and others interested in sustainable energy perspectives.



energy policy energy consumption energy behaviour energy demand energy-related practice cultures energy infrastructure open access Horizon 2020 ENERGISE sustainable consumption energy transition Danish energy system residential carbon emissions ‘BedZed’ sustainable energy energy poverty community energy projects renewable energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Frances Fahy
    • 1
  • Gary Goggins
    • 2
  • Charlotte Jensen
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Geography and Archaeology and Ryan InstituteNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland
  2. 2.School of Geography and Archaeology and Ryan InstituteNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland
  3. 3.Department of PlanningAalborg UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

About the editors

Frances Fahy is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland Galway and Lead Coordinator of the European H2020-funded ENERGISE project. Her research interests are in environmental planning and sustainability.

Gary Goggins is ENERGISE project manager at the National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sociology and Sustainability Studies, an MA in Community Development and a degree in Business Studies. His research interests include sustainable consumption and sociotechnical change.

Charlott Jensen is Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. She holds an MSc in Innovation and Environmental Management and a PhD in Sociology of Technology and Consumption. Her research explores the environmental and social impacts of consumption and production. 

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