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Citizen Science and Citizen Energy Communities: A Systematic Review and Potential Alliances for SDGs

Faculty of Communication Sciences, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Camino del Molino 5, 28942 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10096; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310096
Received: 27 October 2020 / Revised: 23 November 2020 / Accepted: 1 December 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development)
Citizen science and citizen energy communities are pluralistic terms that refer to a constellation of methods, projects, and outreach activities; however, citizen science and citizen energy communities are rarely, if ever, explicitly aligned. Our searches for “citizen science” and “energy” produced limited results and “citizen science” and “energy communities” produced zero. Therefore, to outline a future direction of citizen science, its potential alliances with energy communities, and their collaborative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, we performed a systematic literature review and analysis of “public participation” and “energy communities” using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses (PRIMSA) guidelines. The results show four pathways through which current public participation in energy communities might be more explicitly aligned with citizen science projects: benefits and values, energy practices, intermediaries, and energy citizenship. Each of these pathways could engage citizen scientists in qualitative and quantitative research and increase scientific literacy about energy systems. Our call for citizen science to supplement current forms of participation builds from the “ecologies of participation” framework, itself an extension of co-productionist theories of science and technology studies. We conclude with a discussion of affordances and barriers to the alliances between citizen science and energy communities and their potential contributions to SDGs 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13: Climate Action, and 17: Partnerships for the Goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; citizen energy community; sustainable development goals; renewable energy community; public participation; community energy; energy citizenship; energy democracy; smart meters citizen science; citizen energy community; sustainable development goals; renewable energy community; public participation; community energy; energy citizenship; energy democracy; smart meters
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Wuebben, D.; Romero-Luis, J.; Gertrudix, M. Citizen Science and Citizen Energy Communities: A Systematic Review and Potential Alliances for SDGs. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310096

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Wuebben D, Romero-Luis J, Gertrudix M. Citizen Science and Citizen Energy Communities: A Systematic Review and Potential Alliances for SDGs. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):10096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310096

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Wuebben, Daniel, Juan Romero-Luis, and Manuel Gertrudix. 2020. "Citizen Science and Citizen Energy Communities: A Systematic Review and Potential Alliances for SDGs" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 10096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310096

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