Special Issue "Negative Emissions Technologies: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Associate Professor Dr. Anders Hansson
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Guest Editor
The Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Environmental Change, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Interests: BECCS; CCS; NETs; environmental politics; environmental sociology; climate politics; energy systems; geoengineering; social science
Dr. Mathias Fridahl
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Guest Editor
The Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Environmental Change, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Interests: climate negotiations; climate policy; NETs; BECCS; energy systems; UN processes; social science
Associate Professor Dr. Simon Haikola
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Guest Editor
The Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Interests: BECCS; NETs; environmental politics; environmental sociology; mining politics; transport infrastructure; social science; humanities

Special Issue Information

We invite submissions to a Special Issue of the journal Energies on the topic of ‘Negative Emissions Technologies: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities’.

Negative emissions technologies (NETs) have recently become increasingly central in visions and strategies for combatting climate change, transforming energy systems and for reaching ambitious climate targets. Assumptions of successfully achieving massive quantities of negative emissions feature in all scenarios underpinning the Paris Agreement, and several countries have also committed to reaching net-zero emissions by the middle of this century. However, the deployment of these methods faces significant challenges and deep uncertainties. NETs give rise to new complexities that cannot satisfactorily be understood by the narrow and sometimes constraining techno-economic modelling and engineering disciplines or methods that dominate knowledge production about the future of negative emissions. The social sciences and the humanities are often marginalized or used for instrumental tasks, such as investigating public acceptance, developing tools for communication or overcoming social resistance or deployment barriers.

This Special Issue therefore encourages research questions stemming from critical social scientific or humanities perspectives. The contributions may, for example, investigate visions, scenarios, and ideas of different NETs’ futures and how they are created and upheld, or studies of how uncertainties are dealt with or interpreted by policy makers or researchers. In addition, ethics, justice, and North–South relations linked to ideas of over-shoot scenarios, balancing emissions, and compensating for emissions across scales of time and space are of interest. Historical studies viewing NETs in various cultural and politicized contexts and reflections opening up the debate on NETs policies and their implications are also highly relevant.

Associate Professor Dr. Anders Hansson
Dr. Mathias Fridahl
Associate Professor Dr. Simon Haikola
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Negative emissions technologies (NETs)
  • Social science
  • Humanities
  • Environmental sociology
  • Political ecology
  • Critical policy studies
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Science and technology studies (STS)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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