ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies (ENTRANCES)

This project is framed under the topic “SSH aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition” and it tries to interpret the “Challengues facing the carbon intensive regions” within a multi-contextual framework: 1) the de-carbonisation policies; 2) the ongoing processes of de-territorialisation; and 3) the territorial dimension of clean energy transition.

These contextual elements are presented in the project, providing an interpretation of the main research questions of the topic.: a) The de-carbonisation of coal and carbon intensive regions risks to be a cul de sac of the energy transition process. Along with this process a set of conflicts emerge and move from local to national and European level and vice-versa. One of the main ideas of the project is analysing these conflicts and the negotiation processes related to them, as well as the political cultures and discourses behind these conflicts; b) The challenges facing coal and carbon-intensive regions are studied in the light of the ongoing process at the territorial level. Another main idea of the project is to identifying the factors of de-territorialisation in action in different coal and carbon-intensive regions and to explain their dynamics and interactions; c) The clean energy transition cannot be understood only as a technological change or as an industrial shift, and it is studied as a socio-economicpsychological process affectng the life of local communities.

In this respect the project is focused on the study of the coping strategies from a wide array of perspectives: A multidimensional perspective, combining different disciplinary frameworks; a comparative perspective, developing a comprehensive set of case studies; and a multilevel perspective, involving different key players at territorial, regional, national, European and global level. Each of these strategies will be developed in a specific strand of research: Theoretical strand, Analytic strand, and Pro-active strand.


Participant No. Organization Country
1 (Coordinador) University of A Coruna (UDC) Spain
2 Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico (ENEA) Italy
3 Knowledge and Innovation – Rome (K&I) Italy
4 Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) Germany
5 Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) Germany
6 Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) Austria
7 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Norway
8 European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) Belgium
9 Instytut Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi i Energią PAN (IGSMiE PAN) Poland
10 Faculty of Psychology and Education – University ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza University’ of Iasi (UAIC) Romania
11 Portuguese Society of Innovation (SPI) Portugal
12 Women Engage for a common future France
13 Center of Social and Psychological Sciences Slovak Republic
14 Cardiff University United Kingdom

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