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Energy & Society

Energy for Society Chair

To be successful, the ecological transition requires profound changes in our society and, in particular, the large-scale deployment of clean, decentralized and locally embedded energy sources.

Certain aspects of the energy transition create societal tensions and increasingly effective resistance, as benefits and costs of new energy infrastructures are challenging to distribute equitably among stakeholders. New energy infrastructures must therefore include "desirability, feasibility and conditions of realization" (Patrick Jolivet, Director of Socio-Economic Studies at ADEME, 2022) into their business models and strategies.

The members of the Energy for Society Chair, in collaboration with the Chair Territoires en Transition, propose to undertake several new projects to develop the understanding of the determinants of societal support for the energy transition. Our methods test the effectiveness of new measures and business solutions providing both profitability and social support.

Research cycle 2022-2025

Societal support for new energy infrastructures

Local support for clean energy infrastructure projects

With the Chair Territoires en Transition
Decentralizing energy production leads to multiple development projects, along with an increasing number of conflicts. This research project examines how the legitimacy of energy infrastructures is constructed, by analyzing textual representations found in newspapers and social media.

Collaborative development of new business models including "desirability, feasibility and conditions of realization" in energy infrastructure projects

The energy transition is contingent on the deployment of energy production infrastructure, itself based on a new approach to land and urban planning. This new approach requires imaginative, novel models combining technical and economic performance, along with desirability and a sense of ownership by infrastructure users and citizens at large. The aim of this research project is to identify these new models, test them in a lab (with students), then in the field.

Financial incentives, nudges: how can they influence societal support for energy infrastructures?

Nudges and financial incentives are increasingly used to support household energy efficiency behaviours. This project aims to assess the effectiveness of such measures on citizens’ support for energy infrastructure projects, and climate-related actions in general.





Prof. Carine Sebi


With the Energy Management research team

Media Publications

Preferences for thermal retrofits in condominiums: A discrete choice experiment with landlords and owner-occupiers in France – Analysis by Valeria Fanghella, Marie-Charlotte Guetlein, Joachim Schleich and Carine Sebi – TV Uvigo - 9th Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics 2022

Grenoble, European Green Capital 2022 – Analysis by Carine Sebi and Thibault Daudigeos – GIANT Review – Winter 2021 / 2022

Updated on 24 May 2023 at 2h54 pm