Energy in the Information Society


Energy production, consumption and transition have a technical as well as a human component. Energy-related activities shape society, and social structures shape how people interact with energy systems. Industrial companies, regulators, NGOs, environmental organizations, scientific institutions, experts and laypeople conceive of energy in various ways. Industry experts focus on network operation, supply security and energy demand, while laypeople’s ideas about energy are grounded in their financial situation, everyday practices, experiences with service providers etc. Collectives and individuals give different meanings to energy technologies. For example, a biogas plant may be seen as the most important step towards renewable energy production by authorities, a place of employment for locals, and an unpleasant sensory experience for passersby. An electric car is a technological innovation for a company, a green investment for wealthy individuals, but a symbol of luxury for the less than fortunate. Despite how consumers are bombarded with information about business opportunities and technological innovations, new appliances they can purchase in hopes of adapting more energy saving and sustainable practices, and changes in energy policies, they can at the same time feel insufficiently informed about the broader implications of their energy usage and its effect on the environment.

Energy is undoubtedly a central question in our fight against climate change. The climate crisis has brought the issue of carbon emissions from energy use to the forefront, and the development of renewable energy systems directed attention to energy decentralisation and in it the public’s role and involvement. A sustainable future depends on how we use, think and communicate about energy.

Keywords: energy transition, energy awareness, energy communication, energy as a sociotechnical issue, sustainability.

Disciplines: science and technology studies, energy studies, environmental studies.

The papers should contribute to our understanding of:

Paper submission guidelines: abstract no longer than 150 words, paper between 20-45k characters, 3-6 keywords.

Deadline for paper submissions: 31 January, 2023.

General Call for Papers

InfTars is a venue for research in „information society studies”, broadly defined.

Some of the topics we accept manuscripts in:

The editorial board of InfTars maintains the prerogative to decide whether a submission fits into the topics of the journal.

The publication of the Journal is supported by Budapest University of Technology and Economics.