About this Research Topic
While energy democracy movements are increasingly asserting their role in energy decision-making, interdisciplinary energy systems scholarship has not yet substantively engaged with this empirical phenomenon. A sustained program of communication and interdisciplinary research in energy democracy is necessary to illuminate the empirical, theoretical, and practical underpinnings and possibilities of energy democracy. Similar to the way environmental justice is both a movement and an area of scholarship with reciprocal relationships, developing research on energy democracy requires elucidating its normative commitments, an empirical research agenda, and practices and processes to support energy systems transitions.
Contributors are welcome to submit research and essays that develop any of these aspects of energy democracy, using diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from across communication, and science, technology, and society studies. Practitioners are strongly encouraged to submit reflective experiences about local experiments with energy democracy.
Keywords: energy communication, energy democracy, public participation, environmental justice, environmental communication, science technology & society studies
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