Catney, PJJ, Dobson, A, Hall, S, Hards, S, MacGregor, S, Ormerod, M, Robinson, ZP and Ross, S (2013) Community knowledge networks: An action-orientated approach to energy research. Local Environment, 18 (4). ISSN 1354-9839

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The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. With household emissions constituting more than a quarter of current total energy use in the UK, energy practices in the home have taken on increased policy attention. In this paper we argue that the UK government’s approach is founded upon a variant of methodological individualism that assumes that providing greater energy information to individuals will effect behaviour change in relation to energy use. Such an approach is potentially limited in its effectiveness and does not afford appropriate recognition to all those affected by energy policy. In contrast to this approach, we set out an alternative perspective, a Community Knowledge Networks (CKN) approach to energy and justice which recognises the contexts and relationships in which people live and use energy. Such an approach emphases situated knowledge and practices in order gain a greater understanding how individuals and communities use energy, but, importantly, offers a means for affording greater recognitional justice to different social groups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: #2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 07:34
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2023 07:34

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