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dc.contributor.authorHeiskanen, Eva
dc.contributor.authorLaakso, Senja
dc.contributor.authorMatschoss, Kaisa
dc.contributor.authorBackhaus, Julia
dc.contributor.authorGoggins, Gary
dc.contributor.authorVadovics, Edina
dc.identifier.citationHeiskanen, E., Laakso, S., Matschoss, K., Backhaus, J., Goggins, G., & Vadovics, E. (2018). Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use: Articulating Theories of Change. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 27(1), 60-67. doi: 10.14512/gaia.27.S1.13en_IE
dc.description.abstractReducing residential energy use and carbon dioxide emissions is a policy concern across Europe. One of the approaches to address this problem, real-world laboratories (RwLs), has recently gained prominence as a means to generate both sustainability change and social knowledge. Yet RwLs are context-bound, and transferability is an issue for scaling up change. Drawing on Realistic Evaluation (RE) and Theories of Change (ToC), this paper analyses researchers and practitioners views on the role of contexts and change mechanisms in the outcomes of interventions targeting residential energy use. The results show that extracting the underlying logic of RwL designs could help to identify where and when these designs are likely to be transferrable. This contribution has implications for the design of future RwLs, given that RwLs have until now rarely articulated their ToC.en_IE
dc.publisherOekom Verlagen_IE
dc.subjectContext dependenceen_IE
dc.subjectReal-world laboratoryen_IE
dc.subjectResidential energy useen_IE
dc.subjectTheories of Changeen_IE
dc.titleDesigning real-world laboratories for the reduction of residential energy use: Articulating theories of changeen_IE
dc.local.contactGary Goggins, Energise Project Manager , School Of Geography And Archaeology , National University Of Ireland Galway. +353 87 123 2729 Email:

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