Tensions in transformation: Participatory Approaches in Sustainable Energy Technology Projects in the UK and India

Carol Ann Maddock, Vanessa Burholt, Deborah Jane Morgan, Khushboo Ahire, Charles Musselwhite

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Abstract

Sustainable Human Development is a key policy objective of governments globally. The success and value of sustainable technology projects are often considered in economic or technical terms, with less focus on intended beneficiaries’ experiences and desired outcomes, particularly for older people. A lack of understanding of the value placed on people’s energy decisions and how energy is used can lead to resistance in uptake of technologies and tension between project aims and mutually appreciated outcomes. Participatory approaches help to redress this imbalance and focus on ‘end-user’ perspectives. The chapter draws on two renewable energy research projects which have participatory approaches embedded at different levels of their implementation in the UK and Indian contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Participatory Approaches in Ageing Research
EditorsAnna Urbaniak, Anna Wanka
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter8
Pages107-121
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000957747
ISBN (Print)9781032185002
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2023

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