Special Issue "Behavioural and Societal Aspects of Decision Making in Energy Systems and Markets"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Economics and Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Valentin Bertsch
Guest Editor
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany
Interests: economic modeling; applied economics; environmental economics; civil engineering technology; decision analysis; energy; sustainable development; electricity; time series analysis; management science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many countries worldwide have adopted policies to support the expansion of renewable energy sources aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, combating climate change, and, more generally, establishing a globally sustainable energy system. As a result, energy systems around the world are undergoing a process of fundamental change and transformation that goes far beyond the technological dimension. While energy systems models have been developed and used for several decades to support decisionmakers in governments and companies, these models usually focus on the techno-economic dimension, whereas they fall short in addressing and considering behavioural and societal aspects of decisions related to technology acceptance, adoption, and use. In fact, however, it is often the societal dimension that comes with the greatest challenges and barriers when it comes to making such a socio-technical transformation happen in reality.

This Special Issue therefore seeks to attract submissions that feature sound, quantitative state-of-the-art energy systems modelling and analysis techniques that are capable of considering behavioural and societal aspects of decision making in the energy sector at the individual, institutional, or societal level. In particular, interdisciplinary collaborations and submissions with an integrative perspective are welcome. This may involve, but is not limited to, linking energy systems modelling with methods of (multi-criteria) decision analysis or life-cycle sustainability assessment for improved support of decision-making processes and consideration of criteria beyond techno-economic aspects. The main criteria for paper acceptance are academic excellence and methodological originality, as well as policy relevance and the breakthrough character of the findings presented.

Prof. Dr. Valentin Bertsch
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • energy systems analysis
  • energy systems modelling
  • multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
  • life-cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA)
  • technology acceptance
  • technology adoption
  • sustainable energy system
  • energy system transformation
  • socio-technical transformation
  • policy support

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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