Recently we have been working with FEUGA (Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega) on a proposal for Citizens and industrial technologies call (NMBP-38-2020), SOCKET project. The proposal didn’t go through, but FEUGA reached back to us for another call they are interested in.
Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy transition (RIA) in 2020 has a subtopic Energy Citizenship.
Proposals are expected to examine the factors affecting the emergence and effectiveness of energy citizenship and its potential for achieving the decarbonisation of the energy system and focus on one or several of the following questions:
- Is energy citizenship more likely to emerge locally, or at regional, national or supranational levels? For what reasons?
- What is the relative importance of processes internal to relevant social groups (e.g., creating trust and connection, finding shared goals and solutions, building coalitions), as opposed to external environmental variables (e.g., relative openness of institutional or corporate environments, availability of sympathetic interlocutors, access to financial or other sources of support, legal or other obstacles)?
- What impact does the digitisation of the energy system and the proliferation of social media have on the emergence and consolidation of energy citizenship?
- Under what conditions is energy citizenship conducive to reaching broader policy goals, particularly the decarbonisation of the energy system, and under what conditions does it have the opposite effect?
They currently do not have a particular proposal, but with the University of Vigo they could contribute with the expertise in socioeconomic analysis, best practices, state of the art …etc., along with citizen engagement, communication and dissemination. A pilot case could be deployed in their region. They are willing to help build the consortium and find the coordinator.
Now, since this is EarthOS topic we could try to put the consortium together, maybe even propose a concept note @alberto? I know we talked about various energy calls @andreja but can’t remember were you considering this one? What do you think and do you know anyone working on it?