Stephen Healy

Stephen Healy
UNSW Sydney | UNSW · School of Humanities and Social Science

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Although the profile of resilience is growing rapidly, its fundamental character remains unclear. Sociotechnical resilience is rendered further ambiguous by its denial of traditional disciplinary distinctions and tensions with social theory. This chapter identifies and discusses these complexities, and examines how they have been addressed. It find...
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With Sustainable Development Goal 7, the United Nations has declared its ambition to ensure access to modern energy for all by 2030. Aside from broad appeals to differentiated responsibilities and 'greener' technologies, however, the goal leaves significant procedural questions unaddressed. This paper argues that the basic orientation of this appro...
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Shopping is predominantly characterised as an activity realized by purposive subjects in which emotion is sometimes identified as a contributory factor. This article argues that contemporary retail environments also promote shopping through affective forces that facilitate the subdual of intentional subjectivity. It is shown how, in addition to sti...
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In this chapter we describe the underlying theory, rationale, and mixed performance to date of policy measures that establish a trading market in “energy savings.” Such approaches, under names that include White Certificates, Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards, Energy Savings, and Energy Efficiency Certificate Trading, are receiving growing poli...
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This article identifies a form of affective bio-politics more intimate, engrained and corporeally enacted than that identified in recent work emphasising the affective qualities of activism and labour. While these latter reinforce and bolster existing analyses through the identification of further affective concerns, affective bio-politics suggests...
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The Australian National Electricity Market is widely considered a successful example of electricity industry restructuring. It has delivered reliable electricity supply with apparent economic efficiency gains over the former monopoly utility arrangements, and in the context of significant industry challenges including peak demand growth and a chang...
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Policy measures that establish a trading market in ‘energy savings’, going under names including White Certificates, Energy Efficiency Targets, Energy Savings Schemes and Energy Efficiency Certificate Trading, are receiving growing policy attention and have been implemented in jurisdictions including Europe, the United States and Australia. They ar...
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This chapter discusses the evolution of the electricity industry to show how the current emphasis on some specific smart grid applications and technologies, such as smart meters and dynamic pricing, represents only a modest change in the underlying historical trajectory of the industry. Smart energy use requires attending to far more than matters s...
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This paper introduces a study on the sustainability of off-grid photovoltaic (PV) applications in Indonesia. Since the 1980s, approximately 5 MWp of PV power has been installed in the remote parts of various Indonesian provinces. Despite the number of PV power installations significant questions concerning social, economic, institutional, technical...
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Post-normal science (PNS) was a herald of postnormal times. For Functowicz and Ravetz contemporary issues in which ‘facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent’ necessitate PNS. PNS deals with the postnormal character of contemporary challenges by bringing the contextualised insights of non-scientific stakeholders to be...
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This paper uses the experience of local community involvement in the disposal of the world’s largest stockpile of toxic hexachlorobenzene waste, at Botany in Sydney, to refine insights regarding strategies for facilitating public participation in such challenging scientific and technological problems. Recent research focussed upon the politics of s...
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This paper uses the experience of local community involvement in the disposal of the world's largest stockpile of toxic hexachlorobenzene waste, at Botany in Sydney, to refine insights regarding strategies for facilitating public participation in such challenging scientific and technological problems. Recent research focussed upon the politics of s...
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This paper describes an interdisciplinary research project to investigate the sustainability of off-grid Photovoltaic Energy Service (PVES) delivery in Indonesia. The project was introduced at the WRERCE conference in 2005 where results from the preliminary fieldwork undertaken in late 2002 and early 2003 were presented. Following the preliminary f...
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This article uses an analysis of the 'knowledge politics' of the Botany Community Participation and Review Committee (CPRC) to argue that the Habermasian ideals framing the CPRC are flawed. Habermasian communicative ethics centre upon the notion that fair, free and open forms of debate and communication ensure that no one form of reasoning and/or k...
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Recent research contests dominant conceptions of thermal comfort and the forms of life these constitute motivated by the energy-intensive character of thermal monotony. Thermal monotony is maintained via scientifically delineated norms of thermal comfort that configure a standardized, homogenous 'comfort zone'. The homogeneity of this zone is refle...
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This paper elaborates a relational framework for 'political ecology', based on an analysis of a controversy over the aggressive behaviour of the dingoes on Fraser Island and brought to prominence by the death of a 9-year-old tourist in 2001. In contrast to the authorities' treatment of Fraser's environment as an essentially enduring entity, readily...
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This paper focuses on nuclear power's application to electricity generation, noting that its military and foreign policy implications cannot be ignored and thus must be considered. We first set out a sustainability framework for assessing electricity industry design options and discuss the key issues for nuclear power in this context. We then revie...
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Turner (1994, p 149) noted that much of the confusion surrounding risk rested on a lack of clarity over “whether risk.. [is].. something that is taken or..something that can afflict us”, that is, “[t]he blurred distinction..between risk as choice and risk as circumstance” (p 150). While decision-makers, and risk decision frameworks, are generally f...
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This book helps readers to systematically identify, prioritise and harness opportunities to better manage environmental risks. You will not need to go through lengthy bureaucratic processes or costly interventions to effectively reduce risk exposure. Instead, the book helps in understanding the context for environmental risk management, relevant st...
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Latour argues that complex environmental problems are sustained and proliferate because the intermeshing of humans and non-humans they embody is systematically obscured, a systematics reproduced by defining discourse narrowly in terms of symbol and meaning. This article argues that discourse is more constructively viewed as a practice constitutive...
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Contemporary problems tend to be inherently 'post-normal' in their intimate intermeshing of scientific and contextual concerns. Yet we struggle with this mix, constrained by analytical frameworks that admit one or other of these concerns but not both. While this segregation of material and social domains has been central to the western intellectual...
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This paper argues that the destructive effects of the hegemony of scientific rationality on society, culture and politics can be countered by an approach of ‘epistemological pluralism’ that legitimises and deploys other ways of knowing. Originally proposed as a matter of pragmatic theory choice in the context of risk decisions (S.A. Healy, Journal...
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During the past two decades photovoltaic (PV) power has been introduced to remote communities in developing countries as a means of remote area electrification. In Indonesia, approximately 5 MWp of PV power has been installed to date in the various provinces for powering lighting, water pumping, ice making, communications, health care, etc. Of the...
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This paper utilises the notion of the risk society to argue that the ways in which technical practices, knowledge and rationality have become structured into governance are counter-productive and now instrumental to the proliferation of risk and destabilisation of governance. This problem is epitomised by how decisions have evolved to become a matt...
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The Sydney water scare shares with numerous contemporary policy issues a complex intermeshing of 'fact' and 'value'. An examination of the institutional reforms that resolved this matter shows the 'appeals to the facts' that dominated contemporary commentary to be both misleading and counterproductive. The emphasis on process that emerges reflects...
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This paper describes an approach to the operationalisation of extended peer communities that deploys uncertainty, ignorance and indeterminacy, and examines the crucial role of trust. Trust underwrites both the dialogue central to extended peer communities and the functional utility of the knowledge so created, because when “facts are uncertain, val...
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Science is not static but dynamic. A key challenge in its development is the reflection and accommodation of weaknesses, rather than just inherent strengths, both in its practices and institutional structures and settings. Pivotal to this are a range of issues including uncertainty, contextual issues, broader societal involvement, interdisciplinari...
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The sustainability debate can be characterized as being between advocates of modifications to currently dominant forms of development, so as to reduce pollution and resource use, and those advocating more fundamental global reform, encompassing issues as diverse as equity and humanity's relationship with nature. The former views are challenged by c...
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This study outlines a number of issues of a political nature, associated with the implementation of renewables, with the primary emphasis on the recent European push for the production of liquid biofuels. In recent years biofuels have been gaining increasing attention as a potential alternative to conventional automotive fuels. This potential has r...
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Thin-film crystalline silicon (c-Si) offers the promise of high performance photovoltaic cells at low cost. The incorporation of a region alloyed with germanium into a thin-film c-Si cell offers an enhancement in the near infrared response via the reduced bandgap of this region. This proposition is validated via theoretical analyses and computer de...
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Si and Si1−xGex (0<x<0.2) layers were grown by low-temperature liquid-phase epitaxy. Photoluminescence peaks were similar to that observed in bulk Si1−xGex and were shown to originate from Bi-bound excitons. Energy gap shifts in the alloys were measured by the shift in the Bi no-phonon peak from the Si peak position. The measured energy gap shift i...
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The heteroepitaxial growth of silicon onto a Si1-xGex layer by low-temperature liquid phase epitaxy is described. The Si1-xGex layer is first deposited onto a polished 〈111〉 silicon substrate before overgrowth by silicon. Growth temperatures between 470 and 395°C are achieved by the use of a gold-bismuth alloy as the growth solvent. Meltback of the...
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A method of incorporating a Germanium alloyed layer within a thin film crystalline silicon solar cell is described. There is an increasing awareness that thin film crystalline silicon is a potential contender for a future cost effective photovoltaic technology. This technology capitalises on the well proven performance advantages of crystalline sil...
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Uniform silicon epitaxial layers have been grown reproducibly over large areas on polished (111) silicon substrates at temperatures as low as 380–450°C. The layers were grown using a novel gold-bismuth alloy as solvent which was shown to have a higher silicon solubility than previous low-temperature solvents. This allowed significantly lower doping...
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PV lighting systems can make an important contribution to improving the sustainability of energy service delivery for communities in developing countries that do not have access to the electricity grid. However this may not be the case unless a holistic approach is taken to considering economic, environmental, social and technical sustainability. T...
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This paper describes the outcomes of an interdisciplinary PhD research project that combined social and engineering perspectives on the sustainability of off-grid Photovoltaic Energy Service (PVES) delivery in rural Indonesian communities without access to an electricity grid. The I3A (Implementation, Accessibility, Availability, Acceptability) Sus...
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PV lighting systems can make an important contribution to improving the sustainability of energy service delivery for communities in developing countries that do not have access to the electricity grid. However this may not be the case unless a holistic approach is taken to considering economic, environmental, social and technical sustainability. T...

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