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Energy-related practices in transition ? e-bikes, policies and everyday life

About this project

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress 2020 - 2022


Karin Edberg

Research subject

The project studies how social practices interrelate with climate and energy policies. It investigates how energy-related practices are framed, how routines of everyday travel are created just as how mobility is influenced by political incentives and change during times of crisis. More specifically, how electric bikes are used and what they supersede, what demands e-biking poses on infrastructure and decision-making just as how the practice is framed by different actors – in terms of environment, climate, comfort, health, economy or something else? The goal is to contribute to a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities included in the energy transition towards a more energy efficient and less fossil fuel dependent society by discussing how policies and everyday practices co-work.

Two separate but related lines of data collection are applied in this project: 1) the individual/everyday use and framing of e-biking. 2) context and surrounding actors (policy makers, governmental authorities, interest organizations among others). Both the everyday experiences and the societal and physical context are thus captured, and the individual perspective is coupled with the societal and long-term. Diaries and interviews compose an important part in the first line of data collection while the second line relies mainly on interviews, relevant policy documents and statistics.



Research teams

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Research Council Formas