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Acceptability of a sustianable energy transition

Social Psychology

This project aims to study which factors affect public support for a sustainable energy transition, including the acceptability of energy sources, sustainable energy technologies, energy infrastructures (including smart grids, and energy policies. We will study the role of individual factors (such as values, familiarity, knowledge) and contextual factors (including characteristics of energy sources, technologies, infrastructure, policies), as well as the role of fairness, justice, and compensation strategies. The projeect is funded by the Green Deal, a public-private partnership.

Main project

This project is part of project "Acceptability of policy, technology and system changes".

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • Goda Perlaviciute, Social Psychology
  • Elliot Sharpe, Social Psychology
  • Leonie Vrieling, Social Psychology
  • Lu Liu, Social Psychology
  • Linda Steg, Social Psychology


Courses connected to this project
  • Master Environmental Psychology
Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition
  • Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition


  • 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.
  • Perlaviciute, G., Steg, L., & Hoekstra, E. J. (2016). Is gas perceived as sustainable? Insights from value-driven evaluations in the Netherlands. Energy Research & Social Science, 20, 55-62.
  • Perlaviciute, G., Steg, L., Hoekstra, E. J., & Vrieling, L. (in press). Perceived risks, emotions, and policy preferences: A longitudinal survey among the local population on gas quakes in the Netherlands. Energy Research and Social Science.
Successful grant proposals and other achievements
  • Green Deal

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society
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