This 2017 paper by Emilia Melville explores how energy might be conceptualised as a “commons” – a resource owned and managed by a community with a system of rules for production and consumption, testing one of the design principles for successful management of common pool resources: that there should be community accountability for individual consumption behaviour. … Continued
This article, co-written by Caroline Bird in May 2018, shows how local action can influence policy changes around energy justice and the move to low carbon. Intermediating energy justice?
This 2018 paper from Jonas Torrens uses the Bristol energy scene as a case study to look at what constitutes a good environment to experiment with different ways to provide urban energy. Unpacking the formation of favourable environments for urban experimentation: the case of the Bristol energy scene
This is a concise working paper written in 2017 by Jake Barnes, which includes using Bristol Green Doors as a case study for how low carbon technologies can be showcased and demonstrated on a local level. User-Intermediaries and the Local Embedding of Low Carbon Technologies
Emilia Melville’s PhD thesis (2107) uses case studies from the South West of England, including Bristol, to look at how local and community organisations can support a sustainable energy transition in Great Britain. It also looks at how theoretical frameworks of commons (commonly owned) and polycentric (multi-stakeholder) governance contribute to understanding these roles. The roles of … Continued
This paper written as by a gaggle of authors in 2017, asks what is the role of civil society in the future sustainability of European cities. It argues that civil society initiatives can pioneer new social relations and practices and act as a hidden innovator. This can be an integral part of urban transformations which may, … Continued
This case study by Emilia Melville in 2016 focuses on the activities of Bristol City Council and the community energy sector in developing sustainable energy projects, and the relationship between the two. The article is rounded off with learning points and opportunity for next steps. Nexus between community and municipal power in Bristol’s quest for … Continued
Jake Barnes’ PhD thesis (2016) looks at how how are community-led energy initiatives integrating and using sustainable technologies locally. This uncovers a gap in current knowledge between the how technology is adopted by wider society the how technology is used by individuals. Jake proposes that community-led initiatives can fill this gap and how the local context … Continued
This article, written in April 2016, looks at energy consumption (gas, electricity and cars) from thousands of households to see how high energy consumers can reduce their use and makes policy recommendations about targeting resources to reduce consumption on equity and justice principles. Mapping household direct energy consumption in the United Kingdom to provide … Continued
Caroline Bird and Jake Barnes collaborated on writing a paper reflecting on some of the learning from the ‘Maintaining Momentum’ project and from developing the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy.