Eefje Cuppen

Eefje Cuppen
Leiden University | LEI · Institute of Public Administration

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August 2016 - September 2016
Delft University of Technology
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (49)
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In this paper, we take inspiration from original institutional economics (OIE) as an approach to study value change within the highly complex assembly of sociotechnical transformations that make up the energy transition. OIE is examined here as a suitable perspective, as it combines Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy and a methodological interactionist...
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Research attention for renewable energy controversies has been growing steadily. In studying such controversies, researchers have a tendency to focus on opponents, the public and local communities. There have been calls for some years now to broaden the scope of social science to include renewable energy technology (RET) actors such as project deve...
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Local governments are at the heart of implementing increasingly ambitious national plans for wind energy. While support by local governments for these plans has been studied extensively, only few studies have looked into local governments’ contestation of wind energy development. In this paper we analyze contentious governance processes in which lo...
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It is hard to know what society wants when it comes to the development and implementation of Renewable Energy Technology (RET), as society articulates its assessment in many different ways. This chapter presents social conflict on RET as one of these forms of societal assessment. After we conceptualise the notion of societal assessment as a rhizoma...
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In Energy Social Science (ESS), the concept of imagined publics is used to describe how energy actors perceive societal groups around new energy technologies and projects. Findings indicate that imagined publics often build upon deficit assumptions; people are (unjustly) considered unknowledgeable, incapable, unwilling and irresponsible agents in g...
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Finding leverage points for sustainability transformation of industrial and infrastructure systems is challenging, given that transformation is emergent from the complex interactions among socio-technical system elements over time within a specific social, technical and geographical context. Participatory multi-modelling, in which modellers and sta...
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The agency of incumbents has gained increasing attention in the study of transitions. Recent studies show that besides being inert and resistant to change, incumbents can also support transitions. We focus on the agency of a particular type of incumbent, grid operators. In several countries, these actors play an active role in institutional change...
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Energy controversies have been widely studied. Such studies are, however, generally based on either single case studies, providing rich and in-depth understanding of (local) dynamics of planning and implementation processes, or they focus on understanding responses to a specific technology (not bound to a location). Therefore these studies tend to...
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Most literature on community engagement (CE) focuses on why and how local communities respond to energy projects or technologies. There has been very limited attention to project developers and the way they shape CE in the literature. We address this gap by focusing on the work of professionals active within or for energy companies, who are respons...
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Responsible research and innovation (RRI) has emerged as a policy concept over the past five years as a notion that explicitly aims to emphasize social and ethical issues of research and innovation. Based on a structured literature review, we assess how scholars deal with the concept of RRI in relation to notions of sustainability and sustainable d...
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The crowd increasingly plays a key role in facilitating innovations in a variety of sectors, spurred on by IT-developments and the concomitant increase in connectivity. Initiatives in this direction, captured under the umbrella-term ‘crowd-based innovations’ (CBI), offer novel opportunities in all domains of society by increasing the access, reach...
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Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is a collective approach to competitive advantage in which separate industries create a cooperative network to exchange materials, energy, water and/or by-products. By addressing issues related to resource depletion, waste management and pollution, IS plays an important role in the transition towards sustainable developmen...
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With this paper, I want to raise attention to the value of social conflict in energy policy and planning, and the limitations of participatory processes for including different normative appraisals in energy policy and planning. I first discuss three perspectives on the value of social conflict. Although invited participation is generally considere...
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Societal controversies on the implementation of new energy technologies relate to public values that are affected by these new technologies. The process of specifying and articulating these values and assessing technologies based on those values follows both a formal and an informal trajectory. This chapter studies the interplay between such formal...
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In this paper we develop a framework for understanding how justice-related claims play a role in the dynamics of controversy in energy projects. We do so by distinguishing two interacting trajectories of assessment: a formal trajectory that is embedded in the legal system and an informal trajectory that is mainly embedded in public discourse. The e...
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This paper aims to contribute to understanding the dynamics of industrial symbiosis. More specifically, we focus on the dynamics of anchoring as they can be observed in the Chinese context of eco-industrial development. We define anchoring as those activities that (typically local) actors perform to create local physical and institutional condition...
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The Transition Network is a global grassroots network that supports community-led resilience in the face of global change. This paper reports on an ethnographic study of one of its longest-running projects, Transition Town Lewes (TTL) in the United Kingdom. The aim of the study is to analyse TTL as a community. More specifically, we ask two questio...
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Few people disagree on the need for sustainable development, but ideas about what it exactly means and how to pursue it diverge considerably. Although such normative conflicts are key to sustainability transitions, attention to such conflicts is lacking in transition studies. In this paper we understand societal conflict as an informal assessment o...
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Public opposition is one of the main political, and less predictable, risks of large-scale energy infrastructure projects. External stakeholder management has become indispensable to the governance of risk in such projects. We integrate insights on public engagement from policy and planning studies with the field of project management to contribute...
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A transition to a bio-based economy will affect society and requires collective action from a broad range of stakeholders. This includes the public, who are largely unaware of this transition. For meaningful public engagement people's emotional viewpoints play an important role. However, what the public's emotions about the transition are and how t...
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We analyse the dynamics of a decision-making process on a contested carbon capture and storage project in The Netherlands by investigating the interactions between the involved stakeholders and how these reinforced, or were shaped by, a meta-frame. Our analysis suggests that from the start of the project, the interactions between stakeholders were...
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The introduction of new energy technologies may lead to public resistance and contestation. It is often argued that this phenomenon is caused by an inadequate inclusion of relevant public values in the design of technology. In this paper we examine the applicability of the value sensitive design (VSD) approach. While VSD was primarily introduced fo...
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Projects that deal with unconventional ways to produce, store, or transport energy often give rise to resistance by local communities. The value-laden basis of such resistance is often ignored by decision makers. This chapter operationalizes the concept of Responsible Innovation by using and adapting the approach of value sensitive design. This app...
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Due to increasing environmental pressure of urban freight movement caused by the increasing amount of urban residents, it becomes more and more visible that urban freight consolidation is inevitable in order to meet the future transport demand. Unfortunately, initiatives in this area have troubles to become financially viable and attractive for sta...
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This article has a theoretical and a practical objective. The theoretical objective is to conceptualize responsible innovation as the adequate and timely inclusion of public values relevant to technological development. Technological innovations always occur in a specific institutional context, closely connected to stakeholder dynamics. Hence, an i...
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This paper explores the potential of combining technological innovation systems research with a participatory stakeholder dialogue, using empirical material from a dialogue on the options of sustainable biomass in the Netherlands and several historical studies into the emerging Dutch biomass innovation system. These studies identified and analysed...
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Dit onderzoek betreft het ontwikkelen en toetsen van een methode voor participatieve verkenningen op het gebied van klimaat en energie, waarbij partijen met een verschillende expertise zijn betrokken. De methode die het onderzoek heeft opgeleverd is Constructive Conflict Methodology genoemd. Uitgangspunt is dat een open dialoog primair tot doel hee...
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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is being considered as an option to reduce CO2 emissions worldwide. Yet recent cases show that CCS faces divergent public acceptance issues. This paper investigates stakeholder perspectives on CCS in Indonesia. Q methodology was adopted to analyse the diversity of stakeholder perspectives. Four perspectives were ide...
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It is a recognized fact that the lack of public and political support is one of the main sources of delay in building new transmission lines. In an energy era where there is an increasing lag between transmission grid development and the rapid generation growth, it is essential to streamline the related transmission line approval procedures. There...
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Dealing with unstructured issues, such as the transition to a sustainable energy system, requires stakeholder participation. A stakeholder dialogue should enhance learning about a problem and its potential solutions. However, not in any form will a stakeholder dialogue be effective. Part and parcel to the development of methodologies for stakeholde...
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Diversity is generally recognized as a key issue for learning in stakeholder dialogue on wicked sustainability issues. Yet the question on how design of stakeholder dialogue and supporting methods actually enhance learning in stakeholder dialogue deserves more attention. This paper presents constructive conflict as a central design issue for stakeh...
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Stakeholder dialogues are proposed as a method for assessing complex ecological and environmental problems. Stakeholder dialogues aim to enhance mutual learning by generating and evaluating divergent knowledge claims and viewpoints, i.e. problem structuring. Problem structuring requires that the diversity of perspectives is represented in the dialo...
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Most perspectives on public participation share the notion that dialogues should be open, allowing participants to articulate and evaluate different views and knowledge claims. We hypothesize that participants' evaluation of claims may be biased because participants have a preference for a particular type or source of a claim. This would hamper an...
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In this article we share our experience with the application of the repertory grid method, and we demonstrate that this is an appropriate method to scrutinize complex issues and to structure stakeholder dialogues on these issues. Repertory grid originates from construct psychology and has gradually gained ground in other domains as well, such as po...
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Rather than from a state of knowing innovation programs and projects aiming for transitions to sustainability start from a state of not-knowing. Therefore innovation programs require continuous evaluation and monitoring to sharply observe their program, projects and surroundings and purposefully navigate their programs. To this cause, transition mo...
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This paper discusses a framework to assess the quality of participatory methods (e.g. Consensus Conference, Interactive Backcasting, Policy Delphi) to facilitate participatory assessments on complex and controversial issues. To be able to structure a complex or controversial problem, knowledge should be produced. This means that any knowledge, indi...
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Participatory integrated assessment (PIA) is an approach in which (scientific) knowledge, (practical) expertise, values and interests are integrated in an assessment in order to deal with complex problems. Following the notion of knowledge production, stakeholder participation is needed to improve the quality of knowledge, i.e. to integrate and ass...
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This paper describes how repertory grid technique was used in an integrated as- sessment of the implementation of hydrogen in The Netherlands, in an international context. Repertory grid technique finds its origins in construct psychology and has gradually gained ground in environmental research and policy analysis too. Its basic idea is that the m...

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Projects (3)
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This project aims to (i) understand how governance of responsibilities for public values (can) take(s) place in CBI, and to (ii) design governance arrangements that can foster legitimacy.
Archived project
This project was part of the EDGaR (Energy Delta Gas Research) programme
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New energy technologies are sources of controversy; think of public opposition to wind parks, biogas installations, transmission lines, shale gas and solar parks. Controversies articulate the conflicting values at stake and reveal unanticipated societal and ethical risks, and associated costs and benefits. This research project aims to use controversies as a source of information in supporting public-private decision-making for socially responsible energy projects. http://www.tbm.tudelft.nl/response