Natalia Magnani

Natalia Magnani holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently Research Assistant in Sociology of Territory and Environmental Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. Her research interests concern sustainable development, environmental conflicts and the energy transition. On these issues she has published articles in various international journals such as Journal of Rural Studies, Energy Policy, and Energy Research & Social Science.

Lecture: The contribution of sociology: from social acceptance of renewable energy sources to community renewable energies

The transformation of the dominant model of centralized energy production from fossil fuels is at the center of the public and scientific debate since it is connected to highly topical issues such as climate change, emissions reduction and natural disasters , security of supply and sustainability of the current economic development model. Up to now this topic has been mainly addressed by the economic and engineering sciences. The focus of the research has been on hardware rather than human and social software. However, energy systems, and the possibilities of their change, are not only economic or technological, but also involve patterns of social life, representations, organizational models and relational structures. These are key issues analyzed by the sociology of energy.