Stephens highlighted value of social science at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on “Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities” on February 8-9, 2016.

Jennie Stephens spoke at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on “Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities” on February 8-9, 2016.

Insufficient attention is afforded to the social, behavioral, cultural, and institutional change that needs to accompany the upcoming energy transition, argued Jennie Stephens, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont.  If these broader considerations were appreciated, the heterogeneity of rural and islanded communities would be integrated more meaningfully into policy formulation and technology development.  Many of the assumptions and projections made in energy models are no longer valid and change is happening fast, concluded Stephens, which means new and different kinds of analysis are needed to identify key trends and policy opportunities.

 

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