Energy Democracy is an emerging research area that brings together scholarship in communication, democratic theory, and interdisciplinary energy studies. Energy democracy refers to an emergent social movement that re-imagines energy consumers as prosumers, or innovators, designers, and analysts who are involved in decisions at every stage of energy decision making, from production through consumption. Democratic ideals, including the importance of public engagement in energy decisions, are foundational to the emerging energy democracy movement.
Communication research and theory is an essential component of understanding and promoting energy democracy and making connections between researchers and energy practitioners. In July 2017, the Communication Institute will host a symposium on energy democracy that will create dialogue between academics, local energy practitioners, and the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Danielle Endres
Director of the Communication Institute