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Empowering Citizens in the Energy Transition: unraveling responsibility through discussing sociotechnical imaginaries with civil society - Narrating energy consumption around food, work & urban mobility domains in 2035 in Switzerland

Number of pages84
Master program titleMaster in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development
Defense date2023-08-21
Abstract

This thesis explores how involving citizens in sociotechnical imaginaries focused on everyday practices can lead citizens to assess responsibility attribution in the context of the energy transition in Switzerland. Currently, sociotechnical imaginaries are largely based on technocentric narratives rarely involving ordinary citizens, posing a threat to social justice.

Incorporating data from focus group discussions conducted in Basel and Geneva as part of the Wellbeing, Energy Futures and Everyday Life (WEFEL) project and using qualitative methods for the analysis, this thesis demonstrates that discussing future practices concerning food, work, and urban mobility highlights the necessary systems of provision for today and the immediate future. These findings align with scientific research by the IPCC on potential mitigation efforts. Moreover, this thesis argues that engaging in discussions concerning future imaginaries that focus on everyday practices helps participants recognize the collective nature of responsibility, equipping citizens with the knowledge and expertise to identify situations where policies or discourse could disproportionately burden them and when policies encourage responsibility, contributing to distributional and procedural justice.

Keywords: Sociotechnical imaginaries, WEFEL, energy transition, collective responsibility, systems of provisions, Switzerland

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KAMEL, Heba Tarek Mohamed. Empowering Citizens in the Energy Transition: unraveling responsibility through discussing sociotechnical imaginaries with civil society - Narrating energy consumption around food, work & urban mobility domains in 2035 in Switzerland. 2023.
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