Multicriteria diversity analysis: a novel heuristic framework for appraising energy portfolios

Stirling, Andrew (2010) Multicriteria diversity analysis: a novel heuristic framework for appraising energy portfolios. Energy Policy, 38 (4). pp. 1622-1634. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This paper outlines a novel general framework for analysing energy diversity. A critical review of different reasons for policy interest reveals that diversity is more than a supply security strategy. There are particular synergies with strategies for transitions to sustainability. Yet despite much important work policy analysis tends to address only a subset of the properties of diversity and remains subject to ambiguity, neglect and special pleading. Developing earlier work, the paper proposes a more comprehensive heuristic framework, accommodating a wide range of different disciplinary and socio-political perspectives. It is argued that the associated multicriteria diversity analysis method provides a more systematic, complete and transparent way to articulate disparate perspectives and approaches and so help to inform more robust and accountable policymaking.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Andrew Stirling
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:03
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 13:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19116
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