Alessandro Sciullo

Alessandro Sciullo
Università degli Studi di Torino | UNITO · Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società

Doctor of Philosophy

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In recent years, collective action initiatives in the energy field, such as energy communities and cooperatives, have been gaining relevance both in the policy and in the social research domains as primary actors of energy transition. [...]
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Since the mid-1990s, there has been a growing interest among consumers and producers in downscaling to a local level the length of the agri-food chains as a solution for fairer and more sustainable food production systems. From the point of view of consumption, the attribute “local” is assuming an important role in defining food purchasing preferen...
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Energy communities (ECs), intended as collective action initiatives in the energy field involving citizens' participation, have been gaining relevance for the past decades as an alternative way to organize the energy chain to challenge the incumbent system. With Europe's recently adopted Clean Energy Package, ECs found a formal recognition by the E...
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This paper provides novel additional evidence on the characteristics of Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs), investigating their role within the European energy sector. It analyses and presents results of a survey administered in six European countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Estonia, and Spain. CAIs are studied in light of four...
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This paper investigates the suitability of the community cooperatives (CC) model for the implementation of renewable energy communities (REC), as prescribed by art. 22 of EU Directive 2018/2001, and temporarily transposed into the Italian law by art. 42-bis of the Law Decree n. 162/2019. The hypothesis explored analyses the potential synergies betw...
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The principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR) have been put forward to guide optimal sharing of data. The potential for industrial and social innovation is vast. Domain-specific metadata standards are crucial in this context, but are widely missing in the energy sector. This report provides a collaborative r...
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The Climate Pact and the European Green Deal constitute the main components of the European Union (EU)'s climate change policy. Energy transition, that is, transformation to a zero-carbon global energy system, is one of the main pillars of climate change mitigation policies. This transformation, coupled with the empowerment of individuals within th...
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This paper aims at addressing the exploitation of solid-state carriers for hydrogen storage, with attention paid both to the technical aspects, through a wide review of the available integrated systems, and to the social aspects, through a preliminary overview of the connected impacts from a gender perspective. As for the technical perspective, car...
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The aim of this paper is to estimate the potential impacts of different COVID-19 scenarios on the Italian energy sector through 2030, with a specific focus on transport and industry. The analysis takes a multi-disciplinary approach to properly consider the complex interactions of sectors across Italy. This approach includes the assessment of econom...
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This paper aims at addressing the exploitation of solid-state carriers for hydrogen storage, with attention paid both to the technical aspects, through a wide review of the available integrated systems, and to the social aspects, through a preliminary overview of the connected impacts from a gender perspective. As for the technical perspective, car...
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Bio-waste could play a fundamental role in reaching the EU target to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2035. The European waste policies and the Green New Deal are increasingly focusing on bio-waste enhancement, in particular within the Bioeconomy Strategy and the Circular Economy Package. Circular bioeconomy (CBE) combines these perspectives, with...
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Energy communities (EC) are among the new actors in the energy market, playing an important role in the uptake of photovoltaics (PV) in European markets. This paper estimates their aggregate contribution to the low-carbon energy transition in terms of installed capacities for PV and evaluates their economic performance comparing with market prices....
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The overall objective of this contribution is to investigate Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) in the energy sector (e.g. energy communities, cooperatives and purchasing groups) as a trigger for the implementation of a strong sustainability paradigm. The assumption is that the active involvement of citizens in the energy chain is a crucial requi...
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This conceptual paper applies a mobilization model to Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) in the energy sector. The goal is to synthesize aspects of sustainable transition theories with social movement theory to gain insights into how CAIs mobilize to bring about niche-regime change in the context of the sustainable energy transition. First, we de...
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Energy efficiency in buildings is a key issue in the current energy transition. In order to reduce building energy consumption, users’ behaviour and the perception of indoor environmental comfort must be taken into account; these aspects are inextricably linked to energy demand, consumption and related costs. In this paper, we present the methodolo...
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The chapter explains the potential of complexity paradigm in describing the dynamics of contemporary electricity markets in their evolution from the traditional centralized form to a more dispersed structure. Current electric power systems, in fact, can be understood as complex adaptive systems in that they are composed by interrelated, heterogeneo...
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Analysis of road crashes at the local level is necessary for targeting and implementing effective countermeasures. This chapter presents a contribution to this task. It describes the research carried out in Piedmont, Italy, where an exploratory approach has been used to link road crash data with information about the spatial characteristics of urba...
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The basic premise of this volume is that the role of society is crucial in shaping the future path of developments in the geothermal sector. This chapter discusses some of the ways in which the science and technology in this field might be aligned with societal values and needs on a path for a sustainable transition towards a low carbon energy futu...
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The climate question and the development of renewable energy technologies are at the heart of many national, communitarian and international policies, including the seven Gran Challenges described as major priorities by the European Union. The geological subsurface-both as source and storage of energy-can be one of the main resource for furthering...
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By recalling the theoretical approach derived from the conceptual framework of Societal Metabolism the paper is focused on the relevance of renewing the concept of urban metabolism in order to better address urban environmental impact toward a more efficient metabolism of cities. Among other issues, prevention and reduction of urban solid waste hav...
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Current challenges of mobility in urban and regional areas call for new approaches to the analysis of the transportation system. Technological progress and spreading of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provide ground to the idea that a digital-age transportation system can be put in place. The text aims to contribute to the discussi...
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The paper presents the results of an exploratory approach aimed at extending the ranking procedures normally used in studying the socioeconomics determinants of smart growth at the regional level. Most of these studies adopt a methodological procedure which essentially consists of the following steps: a) identification of the pertinent elementary i...
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The paper deals with the role of ICT in innovating government’s and the whole process of “policy production process”. By enhancing the connections between various governmental and social organizations, ICT supported knowledge flow s and the associated Socio Technical System may be a vehicle to support innovation in the public sector. In fact, they...
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As they create generative conditions for socioeconomic development ICTs and broadband technology, can be understood as an innovation kernel for system evolution. Whereas for a regional system (a local area), technological progress may at certain times be regarded as exogenous, information endowments and expected level of functionalities are not. An...

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eCREW coordinates and supports the roll-out of an innovative scheme of household cooperation in energy management, addressing Community Renewable Energy Webs (CREWs), in which households jointly exploit household-level electricity generation and battery storage capacities and optimise energy efficiency and expenditures. Key purpose of CREWs is to support the transition of passive consumers to active participants in the local energy system through informed decisions and collective actions.
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Goal: The COMETS project aims to quantify the European-wide aggregate contribution of CAIs to the energy transition at national and European levels by investigating their evolution and scaling up at an in-depth level in six selected countries. The main expected impacts of the project are two-fold. Firstly, COMETS will advance the scientific knowledge on the motives, desires, objectives and barriers of such collective action initiatives and their historical and future role in the energy transition. Building on the information gathered and tested for its robustness, we will then co-develop and test supportive tools together with CAI members, decision makers and the scientific community. Lastly, these stakeholders will then be able to exploit the main outputs of COMETS, namely a Supporting Platform for CAIs, the enhanced knowledge base, scenarios and roadmaps for spreading CAI models, even after the project is concluded. Funding: Horizon 2020 (from May 2019). Project link: upcoming
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This work aims to set the basis to explore the Posthuman condition as the future human condition, going beyond the anthropocentric sight of the life on Earth where humans, animals, nature, objects, buildings up to the Internet itself are considered as a whole system, an interconnected mind interacting on several layers simultaneously, where human beings are only a part of the whole system. For this purpose, this analysis wants to present the first steps of a general methodology, to co-design the sustainability ecosystem at local scale. The adopted approach is based on two main stages and it aims to identify an ontological map starting from a crowdsource mapping of the relevant topics related to sustainability, on one side, and to design a local environmental ecosystem, on the other side. The first step has been achieved, with the contributions of more than 160 citizens, asking them to identify crucial interdependent concepts associated to food, energy, waste, mobility, green public procurement and environment and, consequently, to highlight keywords interconnections, obtaining a conceptual map of more than 400 keywords and 550 links. The second stage has been performed thanks to a 4-hour codesign workshop. Starting from few general topics (e.g. energy, food, waste, ..), 40 agents (public institutions, NGOs and businesses members as well as private citizens) within the local community, i.e. the City of Turin, have been interviewed. Thanks to this collaborative workshop a piece of the whole local ecosystem has been identified with more than 205 relevant actors and 300 relations. This research proof how sustainability cannot be treated separately from the actors involved. It needs to be theoretically explained using an holistic and multidisciplinary approach that encompasses stakeholder theory or agent theory including social and psychological implications, as well as, hyperconnectivity as core element of a posthuman system.