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Advancing Energy Policy

Lessons on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Advocates for the Social Sciences and Humanities to be more involved in energy policymaking

  • Argues for the necessity of cross disciplinary cooperation

  • Presents new ideas for future energy policy

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Mobilising the Energy-Related Social Sciences and Humanities

    • Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. Energy as a Social Issue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Plugging the Gap Between Energy Policy and the Lived Experience of Energy Poverty: Five Principles for a Multidisciplinary Approach

      • Lucie Middlemiss, Ross Gillard, Victoria Pellicer, Koen Straver
      Pages 15-29Open Access
    3. Shaping Blue Growth: Social Sciences at the Nexus Between Marine Renewables and Energy Policy

      • Sandy Kerr, Laura Watts, Ruth Brennan, Rhys Howell, Marcello Graziano, Anne Marie O’Hagan et al.
      Pages 31-46Open Access
    4. Looking for Perspectives! EU Energy Policy in Context

      • Anna Åberg, Johanna Höffken, Susanna Lidström
      Pages 47-59Open Access
  4. Social Sciences and Humanities in Interdisciplinary Endeavours

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Achieving Data Synergy: The Socio-Technical Process of Handling Data

      • Sarah Higginson, Marina Topouzi, Carlos Andrade-Cabrera, Ciara O’Dwyer, Sarah Darby, Donal Finn
      Pages 63-81Open Access
    3. Building Governance and Energy Efficiency: Mapping the Interdisciplinary Challenge

      • Frankie McCarthy, Susan Bright, Tina Fawcett
      Pages 83-96Open Access
    4. Crossing Borders: Social Sciences and Humanities Perspectives on European Energy Systems Integration

      • Antti Silvast, Ronan Bolton, Vincent Lagendijk, Kacper Szulecki
      Pages 97-110Open Access
    5. A Complementary Understanding of Residential Energy Demand, Consumption and Services

      • Ralitsa Hiteva, Matthew Ives, Margot Weijnen, Igor Nikolic
      Pages 111-127Open Access
  5. Interplay with Energy Policymaking Environments

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 129-129
    2. Imaginaries and Practices: Learning from ‘ENERGISE’ About the Integration of Social Sciences with the EU Energy Union

      • Audley Genus, Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Marfuga Iskandarova, Senja Laakso
      Pages 131-144Open Access
    3. Challenges Ahead: Understanding, Assessing, Anticipating and Governing Foreseeable Societal Tensions to Support Accelerated Low-Carbon Transitions in Europe

      • Bruno Turnheim, Joeri Wesseling, Bernhard Truffer, Harald Rohracher, Luis Carvalho, Claudia Binder
      Pages 145-161Open Access
    4. Towards a Political Ecology of EU Energy Policy

      • Gavin Bridge, Stefania Barca, Begüm Özkaynak, Ethemcan Turhan, Ryan Wyeth
      Pages 163-175Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 177-193

About this book

This open access book advocates for the Social Sciences and Humanities to be more involved in energy policymaking. It forms part of the European platform for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities’ activities, and works on the premise that crossing disciplines is essential. All of its contributions are highly interdisciplinary, with each chapter grounded in at least three different Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines. These varying perspectives come together to cover an array of issues relevant to the energy transition, including: energy poverty, justice, political ecology, governance, behaviours, imaginaries, systems approaches, modelling, as well as the particular challenges faced by interdisciplinary work. As a whole, the book presents new ideas for future energy policy, particularly at the European level. It is a valuable resource for energy researchers interested in interdisciplinary and society-relevant perspectives. Those working outside the Social Sciences and Humanities will find this book an accessible way of learning more about how these subjects can constructively contribute to energy policy.  


  • energy policy
  • interdisciplinary energy research
  • energy-SSH
  • European energy union
  • energy transition
  • energy integration
  • EU energy policy
  • open access
  • Environmental Geography



“An impressive take on contemporary energy policy issues with much needed fresh perspectives and an all-star roster of leading thinkers. I hope that every energy policymaker or even student of energy policy reads it.” 

– Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK. 

“The authors brilliantly demonstrate through a number of approaches, cases and examples, how interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities research could and should be mobilised in EU energy policy and future energy transition research agendas.” 

– Marianne Ryghaug, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

“The big transformations in a shift to a zero-carbon economy will be social and political, not only technological. This book provides engaging insights into the human dimensions of Europe’s biggest energy policy challenges. Recommended reading for policy-shapers everywhere. “ (Jonathan Gaventa, Director, E3G, Belgium)

“This book provides compelling answers to important questions around energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities: why do we need it, how do we go about it and what is its impact? Both those committed to energy-SSH and those who are not (yet) will benefit greatly from the clear establishment of its necessity, actual workings and policy impacts. This makes this study likely to become a point of reference in the literature.” (Dr J.M. Wittmayer, Senior Researcher, DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

“Builds a clear case for Social Sciences and Humanities as the missing link between energy related policy, practice and research.” (Dr Ruth Mourik, Duneworks, The Netherlands)

“Foulds and Robison have created an important resource for energy researchers, policymakers and practitioners. This powerful and informative edited volume offers guidance for those who want to understand the latest in the contributions of Social Sciences and Humanities to energy policy development.” (Professor Ramazan Sari, Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

“Bring together energy researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities, and the result is exciting. This is what think pieces really should be like. Ideas based on solid, interdisciplinary evidence leading to daring conclusions.” (Nils Borg, Executive Director, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

    Chris Foulds

  • Global Sust. Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, CAMBRIDGE, UK

    Rosie Robison

About the editors

Chris Foulds is Senior Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, UK, and is co-lead of SHAPE ENERGY. His interests involve sociotechnical change, energy demand and policy interventions.  

Rosie Robison is Senior Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, UK, and co-lead of SHAPE ENERGY. She researches sustainable consumption, interdisciplinary working, 'smart' energy policy, and psychosocial interventions. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Advancing Energy Policy

  • Book Subtitle: Lessons on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Editors: Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Energy, Energy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-99096-5Published: 12 September 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-99097-2Published: 23 August 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 193

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Energy Policy, Economics and Management, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Environmental Management

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)