Background knowledge: Context - beyond individual change

Low-carbon communities as a context for individual behavioural change

E. Heiskanen, M. Johnson, S. Robinson, E. Vadovics, M. Saastamoinen

This article analyses different types of emerging low-carbon communities as a context for individual behavioural change. The focus is on how these communities offer solutions to problems in previous attempts to change individual behaviour. On the basis of an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various community solutions, implications are drawn for further research and for the design and support of low-carbon communities.


The role of timing in the success of energy saving programmes

M. Rask, E. Heiskanen, R.M. Mourik, C.F.J. Feenstra

Timing is an activity that brings together multiple elements at a particular point in time. In the context of energy saving programmes, timing includes processes and strategies whereby the programme interacts with changes in its context. This paper presents examples of the impact of timing, and suggests a framework for conceptualising the role of timing in managing energy systems change. Paper presented at the Sustainable Consumption Conference, Corvinus University, Budapest, October 8, 2008.


Socio-technical factors influencing residential energy consumption

F. Bartiaux, G. Vekemans, K. Gram-Hanssen, D. Maes, M. Cantaert, B. Spies, J.Desmedt

This research focuses on residential energy consumption, excluding transportation. This report presents the final results of this SEREC research on "Socio-technical factors influencing Residential Energy Consumption" in Belgium.