Mixed feelings: a review and research agenda for emotions in sustainability transitions

Martiskainen, Mari and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2021) Mixed feelings: a review and research agenda for emotions in sustainability transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 40. pp. 609-624. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

Low-carbon transitions across energy and transport systems have been widely researched in regards to how transitions are designed, what policies support them, which technologies they entail, and how fast, or slow, they take. Much of this research has focused on examining the agency and behavior of actors and institutions, or examining processes and outcomes, but less weight has been given to human emotions. Based on an explorative systematic review of the sustainability transitions literature, we address a research gap by focusing on how emotions have been reported or examined in transitions concerning energy, buildings and transport. We show that the acceptability and adaptation of new technologies, systems, policies and practices requires people's willingness to change, which itself needs positive emotional commitment. We thus propose a new research agenda for low-carbon transitions that takes into consideration people's emotions as we address climate change and attempt to move to net zero societies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Emotions, feelings, sustainability transitions, energy, transport, buildings
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 09:38
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 10:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/102483

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