Event type Conference

PERSON: Innovative Social Sciences and Humanities perspectives on Energy Transitions

The transition to a low-carbon energy system poses a complex set of challenges for policy, technology, businesses and academia. The PERSON-platform aims to bring crucial knowledge from Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) into this debate. PERSON desires to enhance our understanding of behavior of relevant actors that play a role in a sustainable energy transition and in defining barriers and enablers for promoting a sustainable energy transition. We are organising a debate between SSH and technology: sustainable steps towards energy transitions can only reach the next level when cross-overs and interlinks are explored.

PERSON identifies key research themes, and enhances the availability and accessibility of recent findings from SSH that facilitate decision-making and planning for an acceptable, feasible, (cost-)efficient sustainable energy transition to secure citizens’ quality of life.


Linda Steg, Professor of Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen

Gerd Schönwälder, Policy Officer - Strategy at European Commission

Sverker C. Jagers, Professor in Political Science, Luleå University of Technology and director of the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) at University of Gothenburg

William D'haeseleer, Director of the Energy Institute and professor at the Department of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion at K.U.Leuven

Olivia Woolley, Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Law of the School of Law, University of Aberdeen

Sabine Pahl, applied Social Psychologist, Plymouth University

Gert-Jan van der Panne, Coordinator R&Dialogue, Triarii

Marcus van Leeuwen, senior policy officer at NWO: The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research