Osman Arrobbio's research while affiliated with Università di Parma and other places

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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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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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Ellul and Illich are two of the most prominent radical critics of technology of 20th century. Nevertheless, their fame in the academia is limited to small circles of technology sociologists and philosophers. Their thought could help technologists, on the one hand to become aware of the dynamics between technology and society and, on the other hand...
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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is increasingly embedded in higher education (HE) due to the current emphasis on tackling the environmental crisis. Similarly, Civic Society Organisations are expanding their mobilization and practical action in communities. These approaches can reach almost all people on the planet and open avenues for e...
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It is now widely recognized that current energy challenges may be better addressed through the support of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) expertise. However, the effective integration of SSH in the energy-related sectors is still hampered by a series of barriers. While these barriers have been studied in current inter and transdisciplinary pro...
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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 paper gathers reflections on what can bring together academics and practitioners involved in energy-related European Union (EU) funded projects aiming at, or striving to reach, higher integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). To this end, four multidisciplinary workshops c...
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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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Studies of the phenomena known as the “rebound effect,” “backfire,” and the “Jevons Paradox” have cast doubt on the effectiveness, in terms of reduction of energy use, of measures based on efficiency gains. Some of them have shown that efficiency improvements are less effective than expected, others have lent strength to the hypothesis that efficie...
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This contribution is aimed to provide a deeper and more complex frame for the energy smart grid implementation. To accomplish this task, we use two main perspectives. The first one is to conceive energy grids as technological zones, in which standard metering, communication infrastructures, and social evaluation assemble. The second one is to conce...
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This annotated bibliography on ‘competitive, secure, low-carbon energy supply’ is one of four annotated bibliographies created as part of the EU Horizon 2020 Platform Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy (SHAPE ENERGY)1. SHAPE ENERGY aims to develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying energy-related Social Sci...
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The analysis of the assemblages and the functioning of conventional energy grids is the starting point of any process of smartness. Even if smarter elements already exist in energy grids, a full transition towards smartness is still far away. To investigate the starting conditions of a claimed process towards smartness, we realized an investigation...
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This contribution aims to identify a theoretical model to develop tools for reducing cities GHG emissions. Cities' urban metabolism is responsible for at least 70% of total GHG emissions. To reach future reductions of GHG emissions we need a tool to account urban metabolism. We suggest to use a consumption based model instead of conventional produc...
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The existing studies on the phenomena known as “rebound effect” and Jevons Paradox question the effectiveness, in environmental terms, of the measures based on efficiency improvements. On the one hand, they show that efficiency improvements are not as effective as expected, while on the other hand they, in some cases, support the hypothesis that ef...

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... Due to the actuality of this topic, challenges and chances offered by the transposition of the EU directives have been only partially investigated in the literature [3,4]. Only recently, however, studies have started examining the process of transposing the RED II provisions for RECs, both in single country settings [5][6][7][8][9][10] and in comparative analyses [3,[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]. A number of comparative assessments have been performed in the frame of projects funded by the European Union, many of which focus on specific elements of the transposition process, e.g., legal definitions [15], rights or legal forms [9], economic viability [10], loopholes and positive developments [5] or selected elements of an enabling framework [11,18]. ...
... The discussion about sustainability competencies (Arrobbio and Sonetti, 2021;Caniglia et al., 2018;Cebrián and Junyent, 2015;Wiek et al., 2011) extended by the United Nations has provided a framework for understanding the needs and capacities required by students for dealing with the challenges of the 21 st century. The use of certain types of pedagogies and teaching and learning approaches and strategies fosters the competencies or skills necessary to deal with sustainability, such as critical and creative thinking, problem-solving skills, action competence, collaboration and futures thinking, therefore creating empowered and globally-responsible citizens and professionals who can become active change agents (Cebrián andJunyent, 2015: 2771). ...
... The notion of local collective action is often discussed in energy social science scholarship (Walker and Devine-Wright 2008;Creamer et al. 2019;Sciullo et al. 2020). There is a widespread belief that local collective action is a unified pathway that interacting participants jointly seek to pursue-it results in a unified perspective of envisioned sustainability transformations (Verhoeven and Tonkens 2013). ...
... Aiming at shedding light on the above, the chapter investigates the role of energy communities from the urban governance and spatial policies perspective (Sonetti et al. 2020;Valkenburg and Cotella 2016). To this aim the authors consider the energy community of Pilastro and Roveri neighborhoods (Bologna, Italy) to retrospectively and diachronically analyse its development against the background of the more recent European and national legislative framework (Heldeweg and Saintier 2020). ...
... 7 Because this phenomenon has gained academic attention, innumerable studies have attempted to define social innovation activities for energy transitions 8 and analyze the social innovation activities of citizens for energy transitions from a multilevel perspective. 9 However, despite increasing efforts, there is no clear definition of social innovation activities for energy transitions, 10 and a framework to explain this phenomenon in the field is also lacking. Thus, because such activities mostly occur during the interactions among various agents, we focused on the experiences of agents to define social innovation activities for energy transitions and establish a framework for explaining this phenomenon effectively. ...
... Two lab units combine a workspace and a living space [95,101]. Moreover, 12 living labs pertain to residential settings [40,49,51,52,63,65,70,76,79,82,91,97] and four labs to educational/academic settings [61,80,84,85]. Fig. 3a presents the proportion of living labs among each building typology, and Table 2 provides some basic descriptive information concerning each of them. ...
... Macro-level effects occur due to "interactions between various players in the market, both producers and consumers" (Hertwich, 2005), encompassing whole cities, regions, and nations. The total RE at a given level is due not only to RE at that level but also to effects at lower levels (Arrobbio and Padovan, 2018). ...
... It is notorious that social practices and their maintenance are possible only whereas complex socio-technical apparatuses support these practices. Energy and raw materials shortage, due for instance to climate change, catches the potential to shake the ordered flows of social life, increasing controversies and conflicts of different nature (Schnaiberg 1975, Padovan andArrobbio 2017). ...