The knowedge gathered during the course of the PPE master is often utilized in one of the available projects. Here you can find all the research projects currently in place at PPE.
Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to Resilience (SCOOP)
Cooperation is key to resilient families, communities, and organizations. Through cooperation, individuals can realize benefits they cannot achieve on their own. But why do some cooperative arrangements decline, whereas others remain impressively stable and thrive? Will our current cooperative arrangements remain effective when confronted with major societal transformations, like population aging, mass migration, and the digital revolution? Integrating the expertise of sociologists, psychologists, historians and philosophers, SCOOP investigates novel solutions to enhance sustainable cooperation in the domains of care, work, and inclusion. An innovative mixed-method research design assesses their effectiveness and delivers evidence-based policy advice.
Energy and Fairness
Energy is a vital resource. It is important that it is affordable for everybody and that users have equal access to it. Furthermore, it should be provided in a sustainable manner. This project investigates fairness and sustainability in the energy market. It focuses on phasing out natural gas and switching to collective heating systems, a process that is essential for energy transition and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. A particular problem of these heating systems is that, because they are collective, they limit freedom of choice. The project is interdisciplinary and engages philosophy, psychology, and economics and is conducted in collaboration with Delft University of Technology. It relies on various research methods to promote energy justice. The project involves various stakeholders including producers, consumers and local governments in order to identify solutions that are acceptable to all. It utilizes empirical research that supports the idea that perceived fairness positively influences acceptability.
Energy and Fairness: Crystel Hajjar, Frank Hindriks, Angela Ruepert, and Linda Steg
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