MOBGIs - Mobilizing Grassroots
Mobilizing grassroots capacities for sustainable energy transitions: path improvement or path change?
The project is about grass roots initiatives and innovations in the domain of renewable energy. It takes stock of all the renewable energy grassroots initiatives that exist in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, focusing on innovations and networking. This study, supplemented with a media framing analysis, produced dedicated case studies capturing the innovative capacities of these dispersed, yet creative, networks to provide policy advice to decision-makers.
MOBGIs created an extensive database of all renewable energy grass roots initiatives (GIs)in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands
A media analysis revealed that GIs are related to different aspects than just the technical framing of renewable energy that we see in media more generally.GIs are more related to social aspects, focusing on the importance for the community in which they are located
In Sweden, GIs are covered far less in media compared to Denmark and the Netherlands.The focus on GIs’ importance for local development is particularly emphasised in the Netherlands. Whereas the focus in Denmark is given to aspects of innovation and technology
Associate Professor in Political Sciences of the Environment at Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Leading Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Mark Wiering, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
This research is a collaboration between Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), Aalborg University (Denmark) and Linköping University (Sweden). The consortium provides a combination of state-of-the-art research on societal initiatives in renewable energy in all three countries, expertise in (environmental) policy-, framing and discourse analysis, and expertise in advanced network-methodologies. This also includes digital tracing methods, ethnographic participatory approaches, and policy analysis. The consortium’s strength lies in its complementarity, both within partners’ contributions and between partners
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