Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems

B.J.M. van Vliet, J. Naus, R. Smale, G. Spaargaren

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Abstract

This chapter examines the emergence and development of smart grids from a sociological perspective. In particular we draw on ‘social practice theory’ to
understand the dynamics of domestic energy consumption and production in
emerging smart energy configurations. There are two focal points in the analysis.
First, we will concentrate on a specific type of social practices, so called ‘e-practices’. This is a term that we coin to refer to all those practices in and around the home that involve the consumption, conservation, monitoring, generation and storage of energy. Second, we incorporate ‘information flows’ as a key element in our understanding of the emergence of new e-practices. Although the term “smart” has been defined in various ways, a common denominator is that the generation, handling and use of data, information and knowledge is part of what makes a system smart. After introducing both concepts, we outline a conceptual framework around e-practices and information flows that can guide social scientific research on smart energy systems. We also illustrate how this framework can be put to use empirically, based on data that have been gathered in the Netherlands. The chapter is concluded with a research agenda that outlines theoretical and methodological challenges for future smart grid research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Grids from a Global Perspective
Subtitle of host publicationBridging Old and New Energy Systems
EditorsAnne Beaulieu, Jaap de Wilde, Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen
PublisherSpringer
Pages217-233
ISBN (Electronic)9783319280776
ISBN (Print)9783319280752
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePower Systems
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)1612-1287
ISSN (Electronic)1860-4676

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van Vliet, B. J. M., Naus, J., Smale, R., & Spaargaren, G. (2016). Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems. In A. Beaulieu, J. de Wilde, & J. M. A. Scherpen (Eds.), Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems (pp. 217-233). (Power Systems). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28077-6_14
van Vliet, B.J.M. ; Naus, J. ; Smale, R. ; Spaargaren, G. / Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems. Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems. editor / Anne Beaulieu ; Jaap de Wilde ; Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen. Springer, 2016. pp. 217-233 (Power Systems).
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van Vliet, BJM, Naus, J, Smale, R & Spaargaren, G 2016, Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems. in A Beaulieu, J de Wilde & JMA Scherpen (eds), Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems. Power Systems, Springer, pp. 217-233. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28077-6_14

Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems. / van Vliet, B.J.M.; Naus, J.; Smale, R.; Spaargaren, G.

Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems. ed. / Anne Beaulieu; Jaap de Wilde; Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen. Springer, 2016. p. 217-233 (Power Systems).

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van Vliet BJM, Naus J, Smale R, Spaargaren G. Emerging e-Practices, Information Flows and the Home: A Sociological Research Agenda on Smart Energy Systems. In Beaulieu A, de Wilde J, Scherpen JMA, editors, Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems. Springer. 2016. p. 217-233. (Power Systems). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28077-6_14