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SONNET Case Studies: diving deep to understand social innovations in energy across Europe

To explore how social innovations in energy (SIEs) can shape – and are shaping – energy transitions, SONNET took on the task of compiling 18 in-depth Case Studies and 6 Country Reports. These Case Studies span six countries and six ‘SIE-fields’, which we define as a specific SIE, as well as the actors working on that innovation, and the actors in the field that enable and/or impede their work.

This research entailed reviewing 298 documents, conducting 171 in-depth interviews, and taking on participant observation in 37 online events. This led to Case Studies with timelines, key insights, and recommendations for SIE actors, local governments, and for national and EU policy-makers.

SIE-fields examined, and which country was the focus of each SIE-field Case Study

Dive in deeper

These Case Studies are the basis for a SONNET Energy Readinfographic and two webinars, held in December 2021 and February 2022.

  • Explore the succinct Energy Read to get a summary of all of the research presented throughout the 18 Case Studies and 6 Country Reports – download
  • Dive into our accompanying infographic for a clearer idea of the research process – download
  • Register now for our first of two webinars inspired by the Case Studies. The December webinar will bring together activists from the Netherlands, Poland and the UK, whose work fed into the Framings against fossil fuel energy pathways Case Studies, in order to reflect on activism in 2021, and look forward to 2022:
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