Walking with Energy: challenging energy invisibility and connecting citizens with energy futures through participatory research

AMBROSE, Aimee (2020). Walking with Energy: challenging energy invisibility and connecting citizens with energy futures through participatory research. Futures, 117, p. 102528.

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Since the shift away from burning solid fuels in the home, energy has become increasingly invisible in our daily lives and our contemporary relationship with energy is characterised by complete dependency and almost complete ignorance. The Walking with Energy project draws together a range of innovative research approaches to form a new research methodology that is social (offers opportunities for social learning), embedded (in the landscape in question), embodied (engages body and mind) and that is sensitive to the past. The resultant approach was tested through a pilot study which sought to better understand how our relationship with energy has evolved to become so distant and assess whether acts of research participation can promote a greater level of interest in and engagement with future energy policies and decisions amongst 'ordinary' citizens by enabling immersive first hand encounters with energy generation. Using a case study of an Energy from Waste facility in the UK, the pilot revealed that such an approach offers significant scope to go beyond a process of data collection and promote a reconnection between people and energy with the possibility of effecting lasting changes in environmental citizenship.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 00163287 **History: issue date 28-01-2020; accepted 26-01-2020
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2020.102528
Page Range: p. 102528
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 01:18
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25764

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