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  Many of the assumptions and projections made in energy models are no longer valid and change is happening fast, concluded Stephens, which means new and different kinds of analysis are needed to identify key trends and policy opportunities.

 

About jenniecstephens

Collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovative academic with a demonstrated history working to enhance the societal impact of higher education research, teaching and community engagement with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Expertise in renewable energy transformation, energy innovation (both technical and social innovations), energy democracy, energy resilience, carbon management, climate engineering, and climate resilience. Recent focus on strengthening societal resilience by integrating social justice with climate and energy policy.
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