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Using stories, narratives, and storytelling in energy and climate change research

Moezzi, M; Janda, KB; Rotmann, S; (2017) Using stories, narratives, and storytelling in energy and climate change research. Energy Research & Social Science , 31 (C) pp. 1-10. 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.034. Green open access

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Abstract

Energy and climate change research has been dominated by particular methods and approaches to defining and addressing problems, accomplished by gathering and analysing the corresponding forms of evidence. This special issue starts from the broad concepts of stories, narratives, and storytelling to go beyond these analytic conventions, approaching the intersection of nature, humanity, and technology in multiple ways, using lenses from social sciences, humanities, and practitioners’ perspectives. The contributors use stories as data objects to gather, analyse, and critique; stories as an approach to research an inquiry; narrative analysis as a way of crystallising arguments and assumptions; and storytelling as a way of understanding, communicating, and influencing others. In using these forms of evidence and communication, and applying methods, analytical stances, and interpretations that these invite, something new and different results. This essay is a brief introduction to how, in our view, stories and their kin fit in energy and climate change research. We outline the diversity of data, approaches, and goals represented in the contributions to the special issue. And we reflect on some of the challenges of, and possibilities for, continuing to develop ‘stories’ as data sources, as modes of inquiry, and as creative paths toward social engagement.

Type: Article
Title: Using stories, narratives, and storytelling in energy and climate change research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.034
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.034
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)
Keywords: Stories, Storytelling, Narratives, Imaginaries, Energy, Climate change
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038162
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