Sociotechnical typologies for national energy transitions


Thursday 22nd October 2020, 11 a.m. UCT via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Norbert Edomah, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos


The energy landscape is changing dramatically. It is populated by many different and discrete energy transitions happening simultaneously across different sectors, with dynamically different drivers, and across varying locations. A new three-part categorization is proposed to help better understand the myriad sociotechnical changes being witnessed, which cut across user and market behaviour as well as institutions and technologies. We express energy transitions in three categories: Interim energy transitions, shaped by policies without necessarily public acceptance, mostly within non-democratic regimes. Deliberate energy transitions, driven by citizen-driven change without supporting policies. Transformative energy transitions stem from a combination of policy and citizen-driven change. The degree of permanence of these three transition types depends on the real and perceived benefits to energy users, sustained adoption of technology, and the regulatory regime.

Short bio
Dr. Norbert Edomah is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Science and Technology, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. His research interests include: industrial energy efficiency and cleaner production; influences underlying changes in energy supply infrastructure; politics of energy infrastructure supply; public policy to improve energy security; and planning and organization of the electricity markets in developing African countries. He is keen about understanding how people respond to (and influence) changes in energy infrastructure systems. Dr. Edomah is currently a co-lead for a 3-year UKRI-GCRF funded project on energy democracy and the politics of energy transition in African countries. He is author of several academic peer-reviewed journal articles on various aspects of energy. His recent book on Electricity and Energy Transition in Nigeria, published by Routledge, is the first major research monograph that covers the dynamics of energy transition and energy systems change in Nigeria from a historical, policy, governance, consumer, industrial policy and future perspectives.