Benjamin Sovacool: Ordering Theories: Typologies and Conceptual Frameworks for Socio-Technical Change and Energy Transitions

Postponed to 14:30 due to delayed flight

About the speaker

Dr. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.

About the seminar

What theories or concepts are most useful at explaining technological change?  How can-or cannot-these be integrated? To provide an answer, this presentation summarizes the results from 35 semi-structured research interviews with social science experts who also shared more than two hundred articles, reports, and books on the topic of the adoption, use, or diffusion of technology. This material led to the identification of 96 theories and conceptual approaches spanning 22 self-identified disciplines. The presentation begins by explaining its research terms and methods before honing in on a combination of 14 theoretical concepts deemed most relevant and useful by the material. It then places these theories into distinct taxonomies and typologies. Theories can be placed into five general categories of being agency-centered, structure-centered, discourse-centered, relations-centered, and justice-centered. They can also be classified as based on the interpretivist, functionalist, strucutralist, and humanist assumptions behind theories. This presentation lays out tips for research methodology before concluding with insights about technology itself, analytical processes associated with technology, and the framing and communication of results. 

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Publisert 26. sep. 2018 10:45 - Sist endret 2. okt. 2018 12:19