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Overall Objective

To develop a theoretically-based and empirically-grounded understanding of cross-cutting issues related to SSH aspects (socio-economic; socio-technical; socio-ecological; socio-cultural; socio-political and socio-psychological; and gender related) of “Clean Energy Transition” in European coal mining and carbon-intensive regions.

Specific Objectives

To develop comprehensive knowledge and insights on the SSH aspects of transitioning to clean energy

To develop a better understanding of the challenges faced by the selected European coal mining and carbon-intensive regions 

To co-create a set of recommendations from the project findings using multi-level perspectives

To contribute towards a common vision by taking into account societal implications and opportunities of “Clean Energy Transition”

Overall Objective

ENTRANCES’ overall goal is developing a theoretically-based and empirically-grounded understanding of crosscutting issues related to SSH aspects (e.g. socioeconomic, socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-cultural, sociopolitical and socio-psychological, and gender related aspects) of the clean energy transition in European coal and carbon-intensive regions, so as to formulate a set of recommendations able to tackle these issues. The project will integrate, in a single research framework and in a cross European study focused on 13 coal and carbon-intensive regions, socio-economic factors, political dynamics and deep territorial transformations linked to the energy transition.

Specific Objectives

The overall objective of the project can be articulated in the following specific objectives listed below, together with the trajectories for achieving them.

Specific Objective 1

Produce a comprehensive and detailed knowledge on the SSH related aspects of the transition to clean energy as they emerge in the 13 coal and carbon-intensive regions analysed in the project

A multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework will be delivered, which will be used to develop 13 regional case studies and to compare them. Then a research-based dialogue will be activated with national and local stakeholders in the 13 regions so as to integrate their knowledge in the research.

Specific Objective 2

Develop a better understanding of the differentiated problems faced by European coal and carbon-intensive regions in transition and the related coping strategies they have developed

A broad set of factors, dynamics and patterns related to challenges and coping strategies in 6 different SSH dimensions will be investigated in 13 regional case studies. Secondly, a comparative analysis will be carried out among cases so as to elaborate a taxonomy of different challenges and coping strategies. The taxonomy will be the basis for developing recommendations focused on different challenges faced and aware of the potentials and limits of the different strategies.

Specific Objective 3

Co-create a set of recommendations reflecting the lessons learned from the project as well the energy related views of coal and carbon-intensive regions stakeholders

A knowledge integration framework will be active along the project to integrate the stakeholders views in the research.15 co-creation meetings will be carried out to involve the view of European policymakers; of other researchers working on the same issue, and of different stakeholders in the 13 regions and three different recommendations will be developed at European, regional and at the research level.

Specific Objective 4

Contribute to promote a common vision on the societal implication and opportunities of the clean energy transition

The project will promote a reflection within the scientific community on the role of SSH in the study of the clean energy transition. A more comprehensive vision of regional development will be fostered within the regions involved in the project, including socio-economic, socio-cultural, sociopolitical and gender aspects. At the level of EU policy, a broader vision of what a just transition is will be promoted, i.e. an opportunity to re-invent territorial systems of cohesion rather than only mitigating the unwanted impacts of the transition.