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Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition

Social Psychology

In this line of research, we aim to study which factors affect public support for a sustainable energy transition. Among others, we study the acceptability of energy sources, sustainable energy technologies, energy infrastructures (including smart grids, and energy policies. We consider the role of individual factors (such as values, trust, knowledge) and contextual factors (including characteristics of energy sources, technologies, infrastructure, policies), as well as the role of fairness, justice, and compensation strategies.

Sub projects

  • Public support for gas production in Groningen
  • Acceptability of gas as a future energy source
  • Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition (Green Deal)
  • Developing socially responsible innovations: The role of values and moral emotions

Researchers and partners

Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Prof. dr. Tobias Brosch;
  • Prof. dr. Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter;
  • dr. Cecilia Jacobsson, University of Gothenburg;
  • Prof. dr. Nick Pidgeon,
  • prof. dr. Wouter Poortinga, Cardiff University;
  • Prof. dr. Michael Siegrist,
  • dr. Bernadette Sütterlin,
  • dr. Vivianne Visschers, ETH Zurich

Education

Courses connected to this project
  • PSMSB-2 Environmental Psychology; B2-4 Social environment and behaviour
Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Acceptability of gas production in Groningen; Acceptability of energy technologies
  • Acceptability of gas production in Groningen; Acceptability of energy technologies

Results

Publications
  • Boomsma, C., & Steg, L. (2014). Feeling safe in the dark: Examining the effect of entrapment, lighting levels, and gender on feelings of safety and lighting policy acceptability. Environment and Behavior, 46 (2), 193-212. DOI: 10.1177/0013916512453838.
  • Boomsma, C., & Steg, L. (2014). The effect of information and values on acceptability of reduced street lighting Journal of Environmental Psychology, 39, 22-31.
  • De Groot, J., & Steg, L. (2006a). Impact of transport pricing on quality of life, acceptability, and intentions to reduce car use: an explorative study in five European countries. Journal of Transport Geography, 14 (6), 463-470.
  • De Groot, J.I.M., Steg, L., & Poortinga, W. (2013). Values, perceived risks and benefits, and acceptability of nuclear energy. Risk Analysis, 33 (2), 307-317. DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01845.x
  • Huijts, N.M.A., Molin, E.J.E., & Steg, L. (2012). Psychological factors influencing sustainable energy technology acceptance: A review-based comprehensive framework. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16, 525-531.
  • Perlaviciute, G., & Steg, L. (2014). Contextual and psychological factors shaping evaluations and acceptability of energy alternatives: Integrated review and research agenda. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 35, 361-381.
  • Perlaviciute, G., & Steg, L. (2015). The influence of values on evaluations of energy alternatives. Renewable Energy, 77, 259-267.
  • Poortinga, W., Steg, L., & Vlek, C. (2002). Environmental risk concern and preferences for energy-saving measures. Environment and Behavior, 34 (4), 455-478.
  • Steg, L., Dreijerink, L., & Abrahamse, W. (2005). Factors influencing the acceptability of energy policies: testing VBN theory. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25 (4), 415-425.
  • Steg, L., Dreijerink, L., & Abrahamse, W. (2006). Why are energy policies acceptable and effective? Environment and Behavior, 38 (1), 92-111.
Successful grant proposals and other achievements
  • ERSAS: Incentives and algorithms for efficient, reliable and socially acceptable energy system integration. Funded by NWO.
  • Developing socially responsible innovations: The role of values and moral emotions. Funded by NWO.
  • Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition. Funded by Green Deal.
  • Acceptability of gas as a future energy source. Funded by RVO.
  • Public support for gas production in Groningen. Funded by NAM.
  • Evaluation of green street-lighting. Funded by municipality of Assen.
  • Review on social psychological aspects related to the geological disposal of CO2 and nuclear waste. Funded by IAEA.
  • Acceptability of energy-extensive consumption. Funded by Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment.

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Healthy Ageing
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