Smart energy futures and social practice imaginaries: Forecasting scenarios for pet care in Australian homes

Strengers, Y, Pink, S and Nicholls, L 2019, 'Smart energy futures and social practice imaginaries: Forecasting scenarios for pet care in Australian homes', Energy Research and Social Science, vol. 48, pp. 108-115.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Smart energy futures and social practice imaginaries: Forecasting scenarios for pet care in Australian homes
Author(s) Strengers, Y
Pink, S
Nicholls, L
Year 2019
Journal name Energy Research and Social Science
Volume number 48
Start page 108
End page 115
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract In this article we demonstrate how existing scenario-planning and forecasting methods employed in the energy sector envision, prioritise and limit possible futures. We propose that 'social practice imaginaries' can be mobilised to develop alternative future scenarios grounded in changing everyday life. To undertake this we critically interrogate the sociotechnical imaginary given rise through an Australian smart technology scenario-planning exercise, which asked: 'what might Australia's electricity sector look like in 2050?' Proposing that this question needs to be reframed to account for the question of 'what might everyday practices look like in 2050?' we experiment with a 'stay-at-home pets' scenario. We draw on secondary data on pet care trends and a decade of ethnographic research with Australian households. Through this example, we demonstrate how viewing futures through pet care and entertainment practices shifts the conceptualisation of the energy problems that the sector seeks to address through smart technology deployments. We conclude by emphasising how this social practice imaginary expands opportunities and pathways for understanding and intervening in possible futures, and call for further analysis through this conceptual lens.
Subject Social Change
Keyword(s) Energy futures
Everyday life
Household energy demand
Scenario planning
Social practices
Sociotechnical imaginaries
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.015
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