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DIGI-USER Energy Citizenship

DIGI-USER Webinar on Energy Citizenship

The LUT Research Platform on Smart Services for Digitalisation (DIGI-USER) will be hosting the webinar Energy Citizenship in the Digital Era on Monday 24 August 2020 from 12:00 to 15:00 (UTC +3:00). The webinar is free of charge.

Energy citizenship is a term that has come to represent active public participation within energy systems. Important questions around energy citizenship concern the rights and responsibilities of energy citizens as well as issues of energy justice, democracy and diversity. We seek to understand what conditions best support people to act, both collectively and individually, towards a more sustainable future.

Join the webinar to hear about the link between energy system digitalisation and the emergence of energy citizenship from different viewpoints. The webinar is for researchers, policymakers, companies, non-governmental organisations, and anyone interested.

Registration by 18 August:

Moderators: Annika Wolff and Gonçalo Mendes, LUT University 

12:00 Technical instructions for the participation
12:05 Opening words: Digitalisation of energy services, Helinä Melkas, LUT University
12:15 Panel discussion: Factors influencing the emergence of energy citizenship
               Carlos Montalvo (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, The Netherlands)
               Lorraine Hudson (Knowle West Media Centre, UK)
               Vando Borghi (University of Bologna, Italy)
13:00 Break (10 min) 
13:10 Citizen empowerment via collective participation in energy markets, Gonçalo Mendes, LUT University,             FleXunity project
13:30 Profiling energy behavior, Toni Kuronen, LUT University
13:50 Break (10 min)
14:00 Participatory sensemaking of energy information, Annika Wolff, LUT University, ParCos project
14:20 Panel discussion: Reflections on civic empowerment towards the energy transition
14:35 Q&A
14:50 Closing, Annika Wolff and Gonçalo Mendes, LUT University

Live visualisation of the webinar by Raquel Benmergui

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Professor Helinä Melkas, Director of the DIGI-USER platform:

Speakers' biographies


Vando Borghi is Full Professor of Sociology of economic processes, labor and organization at the University of Bologna. His research deals with the interaction between policies, institutions and social practices and is conducted on different empirical grounds: work, unemployment and vulnerability, activation policies, urban transformations, culture and city policies, research and policy information bases. In recent years, his research has above all focused on the capitalism of infrastructures and the crucial role the relationship between knowledge and capability plays in it. These different areas of investigation are linked to to a fundamental general interest in the "social bases of democracy". He recently published: Transforming knowledge into cognitive basis of policies, in A. Michael, C. Wulf (eds.), Science and Scientification in South Asia and Europe, Routledge, 2020; The possible in the real: infrastructures of experience, cosmopolitanism from below and sociology, in "Quaderni di teoria sociale", 3/2019; From Knowledge to Informational Basis: Capability, Capacity to Aspire and Research, in "Critical Sociology", 6/2018.  

Lorraine Hudson works for KWMC, an arts charity in Bristol (UK) and she manages Bristol Living Lab, a member of the European Network of Living Labs. Bristol Living Lab brings together citizens, artists, technologists, business, academics and public sector organisations to co-create ideas, tools and technologies that address local challenges. Lorraine manages the development of social innovation projects with a focus on diversity and inclusion of citizens, collaborating with a wide range of external stakeholders including academia, business, the public and voluntary sectors. She works to ensure that the Living Lab programme enables skills, employment and enterprise opportunities for people in South Bristol and across neighbourhoods in Bristol. She also supports projects that contribute to inclusive growth and wellbeing and that share learning across the region. Lorraine has over 20 years' experience of working in the environmental, digital technology and education sectors, with a particular focus on working with citizens on the co-creation of sustainable cities and communities. She has worked in academia, local government, consultancy and industry, as well as the community sector. She is also an Associate Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Bristol. 

Dr. Carlos Montalvo works as Senior Scientist on Strategy and Innovation Policy at TNO. He carried out a multi-disciplinary curriculum in his education: BSc Electromechanics Engineering, MSc Applied Economics, DPhil Science and Technology Policy Studies. He has extensive practice as engineer in project and R&D management and in multidisciplinary and international policy research. His experience in industry, R&D, and policy research built a profile to coordinate large scale multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral applied research and consultancy. Over the last 18 years his research output gives support to European Commission in several key Research and Innovation actions and policy. Currently he manages and is lead scientist in 20 large scale multiple Framework Contracts on behalf of TNO with the European Commission, European Parliament and European Investment Bank. He has widely published in topics of innovation policy in reputed academic journals (e.g., Technovation, Journal of Cleaner Production, Intereconomics, European Journal of Transport and Geography, Journal of Economics of Innovation, New Technology, and International Journal Automotive, amongst others). He coordinated the first large scale European project based on behavioral Insights to support the energy shift within the first Environmental Technologies Action Plan for Energy, Transport, Industry and Agriculture. His forward looking research includes the development of new approaches to promote systemic innovation and behavioral change. 

LUT's moderators and speakers

Gonçalo Mendes is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Electricity Markets and Power Systems from the LUT School of Energy Systems. In his work, he focuses on policy and economic aspects of community energy systems, paying specific attention to techno-economic modeling and optimization of distributed energy resources adoption. He is also interested in research addressing the increasingly relevant role of customers and their empowerment in the EU energy markets, especially as a result from the new clean energy package regulations. At LUT, he is involved in EU-funded projects FleXunity and DOMINOES, both addressing the potential for value creation from energy community participation in different energy market opportunities.  

Annika Wolff has a BSc in Cognitive Science and a doctoral degree in knowledge modelling and human-computer interaction. She is a postdoctoral researcher at LUT University, Finland and a visiting Research Fellow at the Open University, UK. Her research is in the newly emerging field of human-data interaction, at the intersection between complex data, machine and human learning. Her research focuses on how people make sense of, interact with and design from complex data, such  as derived  from IoT and within smart cities. She is currently Co-Investigator of H2020 (SWAFS) project ParCos on the Participatory Communication of Science, Principal Investigator of the SciberCity (Designscapes H2020) project, and project manager for CroBoDDIT (CBC) on disruptive information technologies for solid waste management. She is the conference planning chair for the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET) and an associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer studies (IJHCS). 

Toni Kuronen received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. (Tech.) degrees in intelligent computing in 2014 and 2018 from the Department of Computational and Process Engineering of LUT University. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at LUT School of Engineering Science, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (CVPRL). His primary research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition with machine learning and data analysis. 

Helinä Melkas, D.Sc. (Tech.), is the DIGI-USER platform lead and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management (especially service innovations) at LUT University, School of Engineering Science, Finland. She has an interdisciplinary background with Master's and Licentiate degrees in Social Sciences. Her doctoral degree (2004) is from Helsinki University of Technology. She has led some 25 international and national research projects funded by the EU, Academy of Finland and Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Recently, she has focused on R&D projects concerning digitalization in services, user-driven and social innovation, innovation management at the policy level, sociotechnical transition, technology impact assessment, and regional development, inter alia. She has had several scientific positions of trust internationally and nationally. Since 2016, Prof. Melkas is also the director of the multi-disciplinary, cross-School LUT Research Platform on Smart Services for Digitalisation. She has authored some 170 publications (recently published in, e.g. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Futures), and been actively involved in Lahti Living Lab since she joined LUT in 2007.