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Cross-Border Renewable Energy Transitions

Lessons from Europe's Upper Rhine Region

Philippe Hamman (University of Strasbourg, France)



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Taylor & Francis Ltd
27 December 2021
This book explores the intrinsically multiscale issue of renewable energy transition from a local, national and transnational perspective, and provides insights into current developments in the Upper Rhine Region that can serve as an international model.

Organised around the exploration of stakeholder issues, the volume first describes a framework for public action and modelling and then articulates a triple complementary focus from the viewpoint of law, economics and sociology. This multidisciplinary approach is anchored in the social sciences, but also explores the ways in which technological issues are increasingly debated in the implementation of the ecological transition. With a focus on the Upper Rhine Region of France, Germany and Switzerland, the contributions throughout analyse how concrete regional projects emerge, and whether they are carried out by local authorities, private energy groups, network associations or committed citizens. From this, it appears that real-world energy transition modes can be best understood as permanent transactional processes involving institutional regulations, economic levers and barriers and social interactions.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars focusing on renewable energy transition, stakeholder issues, environment and sustainability studies, as well as those who are interested in the methodological aspects of the social sciences, especially within the fields of sociology, law, economy, geography, political science, urbanism and planning.
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Imprint:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781032059389
ISBN 10:   1032059389
Series:   Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions
Pages:   244
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philippe Hamman is Full Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Urbanism and Regional Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France.

Reviews for Cross-Border Renewable Energy Transitions: Lessons from Europe's Upper Rhine Region

This is a great book about developing regional and transnational energy systems considering regulatory, political and governance aspects. It contributes to the understanding of the energy transition as a multi-level and multi-agent process. Dogan Keles, Professor in Applied Economics, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark. Developing new energies raises radical tensions and contradictions between states, firms and communities. In this slow and transitional process, the societal dimension comes before technical issues. Cross-border Renewable Energy Transitions is innovative and creative in exploring a threefold legal, economic and sociological perspective. The book points out the need of transactional arrangements between conflicting economic interests and moral values. Maurice Blanc, Emeritus Professor in Sociology, Strasbourg University, France Cross-border Renewable Energy Transitions: Lessons from Europe's Upper Rhine Region is a particularly rich book calling upon diverse disciplinary fields to shed light on the issue of the transition to renewable energy. In this book, edited by Philippe Hamman, the problem of sustainability governance is brilliantly explored from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Celine Burger, Assistant Professor in urban planning, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France This volume provides rich insights into the potentials of cross-border collaborations in the energy transition. Studying the energy transition in France's, Germany's, and Switzerland's Upper-Rhine Region, it considers the multi-level and multi-actor nature of these processes. Thereby, it does not only offer insightful results for researchers, but also helpful guidance for policy makers. Jens Koehrsen, University of Basel, Switzerland. Throughout this book Philippe Hamman provides a multi-scalar analysis of energy transition in Europe. Grounded in empirical work in France, Germany and Switzerland, it is one of the rare examples of cross-disciplinary work in the social sciences, as well as being an important contribution to energy studies, providing outlines for future policies . Nadine Roudil, Full Professor of Sociology, National School of Archecture of Paris Val de Seine, France Based on a multidisciplinary perspective, this book provides a welcome overview of the issues at stake in the energy transition and the development of renewable energies. Combining a review of the literature with theoretical approaches and case studies from three European countries, it describes the multiplication of transactional arrangements in the field of renewable energy projects, using a multi-scalar approach that has now become indispensable. Jerome Dubois, Full Professor of urban planning and regional development, Aix-Marseille University, France

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