Because of environmental, social, and economic pressures, the world’s industrialized nations must begin to take questions about informing decisions about energy transitions much more seriously. But this raises an obvious question: What does decision support for energy transitions look like?
In my view, it means developing a framework that will guide comprehensive and logical discussions about energy development and delivery. It means implementing a deliberative process that encourages involvement from all key stakeholders, and gives each of them a legitimate voice in decisions at hand. It means finding a way to organize information and dialogue about energy options and their anticipated consequences. And it means structuring decision-making about energy choices in a manner that facilitates and easily incorporates learning.
In support of this viewpoint, research in my group focuses on conducting experimental and survey work aimed at developing a better understanding of how people form judgments and preferences about energy systems; we also develop and test real world decision support tools, and deliberative frameworks, that help to make energy transitions a practical reality.
For more information about my group’s research on this topic, please see:
Decision Support for Developing Energy Strategies. Click here for more.
Expanding the reach of participatory risk management: Testing an online decision-aiding framework for informing multi-attribute choices. Click here for more.
Improving decisions about energy strategies in developing communities: A case study from Canada’s north. Click here for more.
An appeal for smarter decisions. Click here for more.
Decision support framework for developing regional energy strategies. Click here for more.
Predictors of risk and benefit perception of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in regions with different stages of deployment. Click here for more.
Energy: Consider the full impacts of oil-sands development. Click here for more.