Growing concerns for climate change call for radical systemic changes in society in terms of both production and consumption. In order to develop the current understanding of reconfigurations required for altering the patterns of production and consumption, EE-TRANS brings together sociotechnical transition and practice theories and connects them in a novel way with the analysis of institutional disruptions.
We analyse and compare two transitions-in-the-making: the reduction of meat consumption for a more sustainable food system and energy use in housing and everyday life.
EE-TRANS analyses the emerging transitions in these two systems, and pursues a strong empirical programme in taking the dialogue between sociotechnical transition and practice theories further. The novelty of EE-TRANS lies in the integrated approach and the new conceptual openings proposed. The theoretical objective of EE-TRANS is to develop middle-range concepts in understanding how consumption and production are or can be reconfigured or disrupted for sustainability transitions. The empirical objective is to analyse and compare the emerging transitions in energy and food systems and to identify future policy mixes for sustainability transitions.
Work packages of the project