Energizing Participation: What happens when social processes meet natural and complex adaptive systems?


Chang, Robin (EPK)
Seminar | 2 SWS | English

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Thursday 10:15 11:45 GB I/ 301 04.04.2019 11.07.2019

Please note that the first physical session is on Thursday, April 11th. Please contact the lecturer for details on information that has already been sent out to participants on April 1, 2019.

Course Objectives

By the end of the seminar, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss the current state of public participation processes within a renewable energy context.
  2. Characterise and discuss the extent of engagement and social impact within renewable energy access planning for all stakeholders.
  3. Evaluate one existing approach to energy access planning and relate its suitability to a real-life context.


Short Course Summary

Without a doubt, participation processes are an integral component of the contemporary planning practice. But beyond the inclusion of stakeholders for the sake of inclusion and engagement, what are the dimension necessary to consider so that planning processes and decision-making can capture the trust and value of all persons involved in the context of complex and adapting systems? At what level of governance does this make most sense? And are the current processes and tools in place responding to needs and demands of users throughout the entire process of planning for, and deploying renewable energy models?

This seminar encourages students to confront the challenges with public participation when dynamic social and alternative energy systems come together. By seeking to address the challenges of change, the seminar aims to help students understand current research on how communities are building adaptive capacity through shared values to improve their own ability for energy provision. Students will be asked to familiarize themselves with the current state of affairs through scholarly literature, guest presentations, and also tasked to evaluate existing toolkits and recommend an appropriate instrument and approach to a real-life case study in South-East Asia in collaboration with colleagues at Energy Action Partners (https:// www.enactpartners.org/).