Networks of Energy Experiments for Sustainability Transition in Finland (plenary)

Matschoss, K. (Speaker), Repo, J. P. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The development of sustainable energy production and consumption has become an object of considerable experimentation. This paper examines sustainable energy experiments as actor-networks and uses a large Finnish database to identify connections between key characteristics in such experiments. The analysis reveals which kinds of sustainability transition processes are expected to proceed jointly, and to which less resource have been dedicated. As actor-network theory considers also non-humans as actors, it is well suited for the examination of networks between people, technologies and places. Our approach that looks beyond the perspective of individual cases provides novel, systemic knowledge which can be used to promote sustainability transition. The actor-network analysis of the experimental cases is executed with a Gephi visualization and exploration software. Particular focus is on energy sources, energy technologies, sites, forms of energy use and locality. Three clusters of sustainable energy networks identified in the analysis relate to urban consumption, rural production and electric transport
Period7 Jul 2018
Event title15th Biennial conference of the International Society for Markets and Development: The Tail End of Globalization: Technology, Markets, Development and Sustainability
Event typeConference
Conference number15
LocationChisinau, Moldova, Republic of
Degree of RecognitionInternational