ENP PhD researcher, Joeri Naus, will present his work on smart grids in this workshop.
ICT-enhanced energy systems, or ‘smart grids’, are being promoted as a necessary means to support more sustainable forms of energy production, distribution and consumption. A key expectation behind the advent of smart energy systems is that, by making energy flows visible, they enable consumers to act/behave in more (environmentally) rational ways. Drawing upon theories of social practice and the concept of informational governance, I will take a closer look at the dynamics of change, the fitting in of new information flows in daily practice, and questions around surveillance and privacy. In particular, I will present some field work results and discuss some unsettled ideas around the role of information in changing domestic practices.
More information about the PhD project of Joeri Naus can be found here.