Stories of change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future


Principal Investigator: Dr Joe Smith
Co-investigators: Renata Tyszczuk (University of Sheffield); Karen Lewis (University of South Wales); Rosie Day (University of Birmingham); Axel Goodbody (University of Bath); Nicola Whyte (University of Exeter); Zdenek Zdrahal (Open University /Knowledge Media Institute); Bradon Smith (University of Bath/The Open University); Julia Udall (University of Sheffield)
Duration: From 2014 to 2016

The Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future.

The project draws on history, literature, social and policy research and the arts to encourage a more imaginative approach to current and future energy choices. The project is shaped around the cross-party commitments to decarbonisation that sit at the heart of the UK Government’s Climate Change Act. Research has shown that many people feel disengaged, disempowered or actively hostile to the changes to the UK’s energy system required to meet the targets embedded in the Act. At the same time it shows wide acceptance that actions will be required to reduce demand and cope with future environmental hazards. However new developments and measures to manage or reduce demand can generate dispute. Our project seeks to make space to work through areas of concern and explore elements of a collective vision.