Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Heiskanen, E., Laakso, S., Matschoss, K., Backhaus, J., Goggins, G., Vadovics, E.
Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use: Articulating Theories of Change
In Press
Optional Fields
context dependence, real-world laboratory, residential energy use, Theories of Change, transferability
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 researchersí and practitionersí 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.
Grant Details
The research presented here has received funding from the European Unionís H2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement number 727642.
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Environment, Marine and Energy