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MSP3: Consumer Behaviour in an Integrated Energy System

Consumers may influence the development and regulation of energy systems, as energy producers, as participants in organizations and institutions, and as parties affected by energy systems (Stern, 2014). Hence, consumers play an important role in an integrated energy system. This WP addresses a main challenge in this respect: consumers’ willingness to accept and adopt necessary technological changes and adapt their (energy, gas and water) consumption patterns (Wüstenhagen et al., 2007). Most existing interventions rely on a combination of financial and social influence strategies to change consumer behaviour, which can either strengthen or undermine the overall effect on consumers’ acceptance levels and behaviour, depending on their underlying motives (e.g. attitudes, values and perceptions of e.g. risk, trust and uncertainty). The objective of this WP is to empirically test how various (financial and social influence) interventions affect consumers’ technology acceptance (i.e. feedback systems such as smart thermostats or smart control systems), willingness to invest, and their energy, gas and water consumption patterns, particularly in the long term.

 

Members


Dr Geertje Schuitema
Funded Investigator, Associate Professor, School of Business, University College Dublin
geertje.schuitema@ucd.ie
Dr Lisa Ryan
Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University College Dublin
lisa.ryan@ucd.ie
+353 1 716 8212
Dr Eleanor Denny
Funded Investigator, Associate Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
dennye@tcd.ie
01 896 1069
Dr Aparajita Banerjee
Postdoc Researcher
aparajita.banerjee@ucd.ie
Vanja Medugorac
PhD Researcher
vanja.medugorac@ucdconnect.ie
Ivan Petrov
PhD Researcher
ivan.petrov@ucdconnect.ie

Research Outputs


Journal

The psychology of energy efficiency labels: Trust, involvement, and attitudes towards energy performance certificates in Ireland

2020; Energy Research & Social Sciences; Schuitema, G., Aravena, C., & Denny, E.

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Conference

Psychological ownership and acceptability of policies directed towards management of water system

2019; International Conference on Environmental Psychology 2019 (ICEP 2019), United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Geertje Schuitema, Vanja Medugorac

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Stakeholders’ public imageries and preferences for energy systems design

2019; International Conference on Environmental Psychology 2019 (ICEP 2019), United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Geertje Schuitema, Vanja Medugorac

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Psychological ownership and acceptability of water system management policies

2019; International Association for Research in Economic Psychology and Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, IAREP/SABE 2019 Conference, Ireland; Geertje Schuitema, Vanja Medugorac

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Vehicle Tax Design and Car Purchase Choices: A Case Study of Ireland

2019; 16th IAEE European Energy Conference, Slovenia; Ryan L, Petrov, I

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Vehicle Tax Design and Car Purchase Choices: A Case Study of Ireland

2019; 24th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists EAERE 2019, United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Ivan Petrov, Sarah La Monaca, Lisa Ryan

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Vehicle Tax Design and Car Purchase Choices: A Case Study of Ireland

2019; European Council for and Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study 2019, France; Ivan Petrov, Sarah La Monaca, Lisa Ryan

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Vehicle Tax Design and Car Purchase Choices: A Case Study of Ireland

2019; European Council for and Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study 2019, France; Ivan Petrov, Sarah La Monaca, Lisa Ryan

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Irish stakeholders' perspectives on decentralisation of energy systems

2018; British Environmental Psychology Society 5th Annual Conference (BrEPS 2018), United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Vanja Medugorac and Geertje Schuitema

Journal

Recycling alone or protesting together? Values as a basis for pro-environmental social change actions

2018; Frontiers in Psychology; Sloot, D., Kutlaca, M., Medugorac, V. and and Carman, P.

DOI | OA

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Stakeholders' perspectives on energy consumers' role in decentralized energy systems

2018; International Conference of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2018), Canada; Vanja Medugorac and Geertje Schuitema

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Information Asymmetry, Split Incentives and Energy Efficiency in the Residential Rental Market

2018; 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE), Sweden; Petrov, I and Ryan, L.

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Information Asymmetry, Split Incentives and Energy Efficiency in the Residential Rental Market

2018; Irish Economics Postgraduate and Early Career Conference 2018, Ireland; Ivan Petrov

Journal

Energy efficiency in the food retail sector: barriers, drivers and acceptable policies

2018; Energy Efficiency; Dixon-O'Mara, C. and Ryan, L.

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Odd couple or perfect pair? Tensions and recommendations for social scientist-industry partnerships in energy research

2017; Behaviour, Energy and Climate Changes (BECC) Conference, United States of America; Geertje Schuitema

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Consumer's role in flexible energy systems

2017; IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 2017, United States of America; Geertje Schuitema, Lisa Ryan

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Segmenting population regarding the acceptance of the water charges in Ireland

2017; European Marketing Academy Conference (EMAC) 2017: Leaving Footprints, Netherlands; Schuitema, G., Rodriguez-Sanchez, C. and Sancho-Esper, F.

Journal

The consumer's role in flexible energy systems: an interdisciplinary approach to changing consumers' behaviour

2017; IEEE Power & Energy Magazine; Schuitema, G., Ryan, L., & Aravena, C.

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Conference

Are you aware that the tap is still on?

2016; WWT Smart Water Networks Conference 2016, United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Geertje Schuitema