EnergyPROSPECTS (PROactive Strategies and Policies for Energy Citizenship Transformation) will work with a critical understanding of energy citizenship that is grounded in state-of-the-art SSH insights.
Our 3-year project aims to develop a broad understanding of energy citizenship, which we understand as a policy concept, a sociotechnical imaginary, a knowing-of-governance, i.e. a social construction of desirable/normal civic agency in future energy systems. We identify and examine a range of cross-cutting issues in energy citizenship, which will inform iterative typology development and criteria for case selection.
Drawing on existing databases and a search for new cases, we will select 500 initiatives and undertake mapping and typology refinement exercises to demonstrate the depth/breadth of the energy citizenship concept in theory and practice. 40 cases will be selected for in-depth analysis exploring development, evaluation, intermediaries, institutions, governance and ICT in energy systems. Using a multi-actor perspective, we will develop an empowerment toolkit for practitioners and citizens, co-create viable strategies, and develop new business and social innovation models, and new forms of organisation to advance energy citizenship.
A critical part of the research involves analysing the external and internal contextual conditions as they support or hinder energy citizenship in its various forms. Based on the analysis we will match suitable models and forms of organisation with different countries, regions and contexts.
We will conduct a citizen survey to appraise the validity of various scenarios as well as discuss and refine results in citizen workshops and policy forums.
We will produce practical policy outputs which will be revised with policy actors in knowledge exchange workshops. Overall, the project will advance state-of-the-art energy research and provide recommendations for harnessing energy citizenship to achieve energy and decarbonisation goals in Europe.
Markantoni, M., Steiner, A., and J.E. Meador (2019) Can community interventions change resilience? Fostering perceptions of individual and community resilience in rural places. Community Development Journal, 50, pp. 238-255.
Markantoni, M., Steiner, A. Meador, J.E. and J. Farmer (2018) Do community empowerment and enabling state policies work in practice? Insights from a community development intervention in rural Scotland. Geoforum Journal, 97, pp. 142-154.
Creamer, E., Eadson, W., Tingey, M., van Veleen, B., Pinker, A., Braunholtz‐Speight, T., Markantoni, M., Foden, M., and Lacey‐Barnacle, M. (First published 28 June 2018) Community energy: Entanglements of community, state, and private sector, Geography Compass.
Markantoni, M. (2018) Energy Democracy in Action. Ateliê Geográfico Special Edition on: The expansion of new frontiers for renewable energy: effects, conflicts & alternatives for populations in spaces of socio-environmental vulnerability.
Tolentino-Arévalo, O., Markantoni, M., Espinoza-Tenorio A., and Azahara Mesa-Jurado., M. (2018) Drivers of adaptive capacity to climate change in coastal fishing communities of Tabasco, Mexico. In: Salas S., Barragán-Paladines M., Chuenpagdee R. (eds) Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and The Caribbean. MARE Publication Series, vol 19. Springer, Cham, pp 125-147.
Zwiers, S., Markantoni, M. and D. Strijker (2016) The role of change- and stability-oriented place attachment in rural community resilience: a case-study in south-west Scotland. Community Development Journal 53(20), pp. 281–300.
Markantoni, M. (2016) Low carbon governance: mobilising community energy through top-down support? Environmental Policy and Governance, 26 (3), pp. 143–219.
Markantoni, M. and M. Aitken (2016) Getting low carbon governance right: Learning from actors involved in Community Benefits. Local Environment, 21 (8), pp. 969-990.
Markantoni, M. and M. Woolvin (2015) The role of rural communities in the transition to a low carbon Scotland. Local Environment, 20 (2), pp. 202-219.
Markantoni, M., Koster, S. and D. Strijker (2014) Motivations for starting a side activity in rural areas. Local Economy, 29 (6-7), pp. 723-739.
Steiner, A. and M. Markantoni (2014) Exploring Community Resilience in Scotland through Capacity for Change. Community Development Journal, 49 (3), pp. 407-425.
Markantoni, M., Koster, S., Strijker, D. and M. Woolvin (2013) Contributing to a vibrant countryside. The role of side activities in rural development. Tijdschrijft voor economicshe en sociale geografie (TESG), 104 (3), pp. 292-307.
Markantoni, M., Koster, S. and D. Strijker (2013) Growth expectations of side activities in rural areas in the Netherlands. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20 (3), pp. 584-602.
Markantoni, M. and B. van Hoven (2012) Bringing the ‘invisible’ side activities to light. A case study of rural female entrepreneurs in the Veenkoloniën. Journal of Rural Studies, 28 (4), pp. 507-516.
Markantoni, M. and D. Strijker (2012) Side activities in rural areas in the Netherlands. Urbani Izziv, 23 (2), pp. 76-86.
Strijker, D. and M. Markantoni (2012) Bedrijvig platteland. AGORA Magazine voor sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukke, 4 (27), pp. 8-11.
Delfmann, H., Markantoni, M. and B. van Hoven (2013) The role of side activities in building rural resilience: the case of Kiel-Windeweer (the Netherlands). In: Tamasy C. and J.R. Diez (eds), Regional Resilience, Economy and Society. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 251-268.
Markantoni, M., Koster, S. and D. Strijker (2013) Side-activity entrepreneur: lifestyle or economically oriented? In: Karlsson C., Johansson B. and R.R. Stough (eds), Agglomeration, Clusters and Entrepreneurship. Studies in Regional Economic Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 132-157.
Markantoni, M. (2012) Side activities by non-farmers: In search of personal and rural development. Enschede: Ipskamp Publishers.