BOR B2S2 VII: The Behavioural Dimensions of Sustainable Energy Transitions – Opportunities and Research Requirements for Behavioural OR

In cooperation with INESC Coimbra

Valentin Bertsch (presenting author), Professor of Energy Systems and Energy Economics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

The research presented draws on a variety of findings from different collaborations. In particular, I would like to thank David Huckebrink, Jonas Finke, Sophie Pathe, Leonie Plaga (RUB), Muireann Lynch, John Curtis (ESRI), Jason Harold (NUIG), Desta Fitiwi (UCD), and Joseph DeCarolis (NCSU).

Meeting-ID: 889 6644 6633
Kenncode: 446687

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December 8th 2022

12 PM to 12.40 PM (UK GMT-1)

1 PM; to 1.40 PM (CET, Berlin)


Many countries worldwide have adopted policies to support the expansion of renewable energy sources aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, combating climate change, and, more generally, establishing a globally sustainable energy system. As a result, energy systems around the world are undergoing a process of fundamental change and transformation that goes far beyond the technological dimension. While energy system models have been developed and used for several decades to support decision makers in governments and companies, these models usually focus on the techno-economic dimension, whereas they fall short in addressing and considering behavioural and societal aspects of decisions related to technology acceptance, adoption, and use. In fact, it is often the societal dimension that comes with the greatest challenges and barriers when it comes to making such a socio-technical transformation happen in reality. This presentation therefore provides an overview of state-of-the-art energy system models on the one hand and research studying behavioural aspects in the energy sector on the other hand. These are two well-developed fields of research but they have not yet been integrated sufficiently well to provide answers to the many questions arising in the context of complex socio-technical transformation processes of energy systems. Some existing approaches integrating these two fields will be shown. Opportunities as well as research and collaboration requirements for Behavioural OR will be discussed.

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