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Reference Number ES/I007067/1
Title Energy Biographies: Understanding the Dynamics of Energy Use for Energy Demand Reduction
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 25%;
ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Prof K (Karen ) Henwood
No email address given
Social Sciences
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 November 2010
End Date 30 June 2015
Duration 55 months
Total Grant Value £699,910
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region Wales
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof K (Karen ) Henwood , Social Sciences, Cardiff University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr K (Karen ) Parkhill , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C (Catherine ) Butler , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
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Objectives The study takes an innovative biographical approach to investigating people's current energy use in terms of their own understandings of energy and particular life-course trajectories: their 'energy biographies'. An interdisciplinary research team (social psychology, geography, sociology) will work in collaboration with government and grassroots organisation partners in four different case locations: a major city a large public sector hospital two winners of a UK government local community energy demand reduction competition. Two main empirical phases of fieldwork will be conducted at each research location. Phase 1: individual interviews to access peoples' use of energy and energy practices in the different communities. Participants will revisit key moments in their life histories (eg transition to adulthood) and aspects of their everyday life (eg established routines) to prompt awareness of their personal investments in energy use. Phase 2: an extended period of more in-depth qualitative longitudinal research (supplemented by visual methods) incorporating repeat interviews after a further 5 and 10 months with a subset of participants in each case location. The aim is to produce more complex and realistic understandings of how and why individuals' energy biographies develop as they do, and the unintended and intended consequences of energy demand reduction interventions.
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