Walking with Energy: overcoming energy invisibility through research participation

Project: Research

Project Details


Our contemporary relationship with energy is characterised by complete dependency and almost complete ignorance. We are disengaged from decisions about how energy is generated in terms of modes of generation and types of fuel, engendering a sense that energy is something 'done to us' and breeding mistrust in relation to energy providers and controversy around energy projects. The Walking with Energy method brings together oral history techniques, walking interviews and novel psychological tests to offer a highly innovative, creative and low cost method of engaging the public in debates and decisions regarding energy production and consumption. Critically, it offers the potential to reduce energy consumption and foster environmental citizenship amongst participants.

Walking with Energy has already been tested in the UK and in this project we will try it out in Sweden. We will try out and evaluate different methods with the purpose to engage and have people talk about the energy systems surrounding our everyday life.
Short titleWalking with energy
Effective start/end date2019/06/192021/10/01


  • Swedish Energy Agency

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Other Social Sciences

Free keywords

  • heat
  • participation
  • citizens
  • ecological citizenship
  • energy
  • visualizations
  • method development