Working together: Urban communities as Sustainable Places, by Professor Karen Henwood

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  • Working together: Urban communities as Sustainable Places, by Professor Karen Henwood

    1. 1. Researching sustainable energy: communityled initiatives and energy biographiesProf. Karen Henwood*Henwoodk@cardiff.ac.ukDr Karen Parkhill^ Dr Catherine Butler^ Dr Fiona Shirani* Professor NickPidgeon^*School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University^School of Psychology, Cardiff Universitywww.energybiographies.org
    2. 2. Research Objectives1. Develop understanding of energy use by investigating and comparing peoples different „energy biographies‟ across a range of social settings2. Examine how existing demand reduction interventions interact with peoples personal biographies and histories.3. Develop improved understanding of how different community types can support reductions in energy consumption…We will also be exploring the usefulness of innovative (narrative, longitudinal and visual) research methods for helping people reflect on the ways they use energy
    3. 3. • Build own • More deprived • More • One of the Peterston-Super-ElyTir-Y-Gafel Ely & Caerau eco-homes urban affluent largest London • 75% basic community suburb of employers in Cardiff SW London needs from • Population: • 700,00 their land 28000 • Goal of patients a • Some desire • Community improving year to upscale to voluntary org local • Subject to help urban • Promoting environment CRC –EES sustainability sustainable & make life • Carbon living & in the village management addressing more & fuel poverty sustainable implementati • Solar PV on plan • Solar PV • Promote (community) (private) “Green • Social • Energy culture” Enterprise Efficiency • Energy Efficiency
    4. 4. Phases of research Phase 2b: Phase 2a: ExtendedPhase 1: Context Narrative Biographies & (Interviews Interviews Multimodal July 2011- Method December 2011-December 2011) May 2012 May 2012- February 2013
    5. 5. Biographical narrative interviews Daily Routine Time (past, presents & Community futures) Transitions
    6. 6. How do you actually create an organisation that issustainable?(“Steve”, Ely) Action in Caerau and Ely, ACE, is all about making sustainable thecommunity work which has been done in Ely the last few years. So its about[wanting to] create a credible local organisation that was owned and run bylocal people that had the capacity and the sort of policies and procedures inplace to employ staff, manage buildings, possibly take on buildings from theCouncil through asset transfers; generate income through sort of Business & Social Enterprise …one of the big things were hoping to do is that ACE will employ Communities First staff and take over the programmes that will bring in some income through management fees but it also starts to locatethe staff locally, giving local control over it and that sort of stuff. So theres a sort of philosophical reason for that, about empowerment and stuff (Steve, Ely).
    7. 7. But I really liked the idea of this community feedback, so once theyre [solarPV panels] on, theyre on and theyre generating money for the community all the time. (Kelly, Ely) So things like [supporting different community groups] that I would see it doing that and things like the Allotment Project that theyve started doing more with that so people can grow their own veg, just things that bring communities together really (Kelly, Ely)
    8. 8. Connecting Communities: Researchas an underused asset• Intellectual and creative resources• Social networks (across different sectors of society including socio-economic & urban-rural divisions)• Time• Shared learning through engagement around sustainability• Knowledge exchange to - create awareness of perspectives & diversity - inform future directions of research - promote community uplift & sustainable place making
    9. 9. www.energybiographies.org• About EBs• Outputs• Making links (case sites & other research)• Sharing knowledges & experience: write your own energy biography

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