History's contributions to energy research and policy

Richard F. Hirsh, Christopher F. Jones

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Abstract

Historical research can assist those analyzing contemporary energy systems or designing energy policies. While history does not directly repeat itself or offer powers of prediction, studies of the past can draw attention to frequently overlooked features of energy systems. Through a series of case studies, this article highlights historians' efforts to identify the essential role of social and cultural considerations in shaping the successes and failures of energy regimes. In particular, energy researchers and policy makers can learn much from historians about the links between energy, culture, and society; the role of often-invisible infrastructures in limiting useful discussions about energy systems; and the need to reevaluate the traditional notion of energy transitions.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages106-111
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
Volume1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Energy policy
  • Energy transitions
  • History
  • Infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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History's contributions to energy research and policy. / Hirsh, Richard F.; Jones, Christopher F.

In: Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 1, 2014, p. 106-111.

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