Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use : Articulating Theories of Change

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Heiskanen , E , Laakso , S , Matschoss , K J , Backhaus , J , Goggins , G & Vadovics , E 2018 , ' Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use : Articulating Theories of Change ' , Gaia , vol. 27 , no. S1 , pp. 60-67 . https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.27.S1.13

Title: Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use : Articulating Theories of Change
Author: Heiskanen, Eva; Laakso, Senja; Matschoss, Kaisa Johanna; Backhaus, Julia; Goggins, Gary; Vadovics, Edina
Contributor organization: Centre for Consumer Society Research
Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-03-16
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Gaia
ISSN: 0940-5550
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.27.S1.13
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234398
Abstract: Reducing residential energy use and carbon dioxide emissions is a policy concern across Europe. One of the approaches to address this problem, real-world laboratories (RwLs), has recently gained prominence as a means to generate both sustainability change and social knowledge. Yet RwLs are context-bound, and transferability is an issue for scaling up change. Drawing on Realistic Evaluation (RE) and Theories of Change (ToC), this paper analyses researchers’ and practitioners’ views on the role of contexts and change mechanisms in the outcomes of interventions targeting residential energy use. The results show that extracting the underlying logic of RwL designs could help to identify where and when these designs are likely to be transferrable. This contribution has implications for the design of future RwLs, given that RwLs have until now rarely articulated their ToC.
Subject: 517 Political science
context dependence
real-world laboratories
residential energy use
theories of change
transferability
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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