Event type Conference

No Energy Transition without the Social Sciences and Humanities: Why a PERSONal approach is needed

The European Commission has presented its new policy directions for a consumer-centred clean energy transition. It acknowledges that consumers will be active and central players on the energy markets of the future. They need a better choice of supply, access to reliable, affordable energy and the possibility to produce and sell their own electricity, while civil society needs increased transparency and better regulation to become more involved in the energy system.

In the symposium, we will discuss whether the new policy directives sufficiently address the barriers that prevent consumers from playing a central role. Next, we address whether the new policy work will employ the right enablers to put consumers at the centre. The PERSON platform aims to contribute to policy discussions and implementation by sharing the latest insights from SSH energy research. We showcase the importance and highly valuable contribution of SSH research to strengthening sustainable energy transition policy.


Linda Steg, coordinator PERSON platform, Professor Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Gerd Schönwälder, Policy Officer Strategy, European Commission

Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor in Psychology, Plymouth University (United Kingdom)

Geertje Schuitema, Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption, University of Dublin (Ireland)

Govert Buijs, Moderator, Strategic Advisor Sustainable Society, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Anders Elverhoi, Director UiO: Energy, University of Oslo (Norway)

Stephanie Johnson-Zawadzki, PhD Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Martha Roggenkamp, Professor of Energy Law, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Mark O'Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Bonnie Ram, Senior Researcher and Associate Director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, University of Delaware (United States)