Complex Systems and Social Practices in Energy Transitions

Framing Energy Sustainability in the Time of Renewables

  • Nicola Labanca

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. The Social Construction of Complex Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicola Labanca
      Pages 3-28
    3. Nicola Labanca
      Pages 29-57
  3. Complex Systems and Sustainable Energy Transitions

  4. Complex Systems, Social Practices and Issues Generated by Reification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Timothy Allen, Joseph Tainter, Duncan Shaw, Mario Giampietro, Zora Kovacic
      Pages 221-235
    3. David S. Byrne, Françoise Bartiaux
      Pages 305-320
  5. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Nicola Labanca, Paolo Bertoldi, Isabella Maschio, Daniele Paci
      Pages 323-337

About this book


This book offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the fundamental issues concerning policies for sustainable transition to renewable energies from the perspectives of sociologists, physicists, engineers, economists, anthropologists, biologists, ecologists and policy analysts. Adopting a combined approach, these are analysed taking both complex systems and social practice theories into consideration to provide deeper insights into the evolution of energy systems.

The book then draws a series of important conclusions and makes recommendations for the research community and policy makers involved in the design and implementation of policies for sustainable energy transitions.


Energy Policy Sustainable Energy Complex Systems Analysis Energy Systems Social Practice Theories

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicola Labanca
    • 1
  1. 1.European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research CentreUnit C.02 Energy Efficiency and RenewablesIspraItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33752-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33753-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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