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“Routines, reflexivity and change in adolescents’ energy consumption related to electronic media usage in times of scarcity“

This project aims to produce knowledge about teenagers energy consumption related to their use of electronic media. This type of energy consumption has grown significantly and it is estimated that it will become a substantial part of households’ electricity consumption.

The project adopts a practice-based approach to investigate teenagers daily routines related to electronic media and how these are embedded in contemporary media-saturated cultures, social dynamics and material contexts.

LogotiposThe project explores the following dimensions:

– daily routines of electronic media use;
– competences on electronic media and related energy consumption;
– teenagers engagements with electronic media;
– configurations and arrangements of services related to domestic electronic media;
– social interactions related to these technologies.

The research is being carried out at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa since April 2014 with the financial support of the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT), under the grant EXPL/IVC-SOC/2340/2013.

Research team

Ana Horta (coordination) is postdoctoral research fellow at ICS-UL. PhD in Sociology from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, currently her research is focused on the social construction of energy issues and on representations and practices related to energy consumption and food. For more information: http://www.ics.ul.pt/pessoas/ana.horta

Augusta Correia is research assistant at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. She has a master’s degree in Social Psychology and a post-graduation in Data Analysis for Social Science, both from ISCTE. She has been working on the topics related aspects related with energy consumption especial among young people.​

Mónica Truninger is senior research fellow at ICS-UL. PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester (UK), she has been working on sustainable consumption, food practices, and domestic renewable energy technologies. For more information: http://www.ics.ul.pt/pessoas/monica.truninger

Nélia Nobre is research assistant at ICS-UL. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Coimbra. She collaborated in several research projects and participated in a European study on media education. Currently, she is a grant holder in the project.

Susana Fonseca is research assistant at ICS-UL. PhD in Sociology from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, she has been working on the topics of risk perception, social practices related to energy and environment health. She has been collaborating with the environmental organization Quercus for over a decade.

Consultants

Françoise Bartiaux, Université Catholique de Louvain

Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, Aalborg University

Luísa Schmidt, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa

Margarida Rebelo, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil

Publications

Horta, A.; Fonseca, S.; Nobre, N.; Truninger, M.; Correia, A. (2016) «Crescente consumo de energia associado às tecnologias de informação e comunicação exige mais eficiência energética». Observa Policy brief, Fev. 2016. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/10451/22745.

Horta, A.; Fonseca, S.; Truninger, M.; Nobre, N.; Correia, A. (2016) «Mobile phones, batteries and power consumption: An analysis of social practices in Portugal» Energy Research & Social Science, 13: 15-23. Doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.11.010http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SVB37tZ6ZXt2z.

Horta, A., Correia, A., Fonseca, S., Nobre, N., Truninger, M. (2015) «Rotinas, reflexividade e mudança no consumo de energia associado ao uso dos media eletrónicos pelos adolescentes em tempo de escassez». Project report. Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Available online at http://hdl.handle.net/10451/22256.

Horta, A., Correia, A., Truninger, M., Fonseca, S., Nobre, N. (2015) “The coolest waste: teenagers, electronic media, energy consumption and the problem of e-waste”. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, 25-28 August 2015.

Horta, A. (2015) “O consumo de eletricidade associado aos media eletrónicos: resultados preliminares de um estudo.” Gazeta Valsassina nº 39, June, p. 39.

Horta, A., Truninger, M., Fonseca, S., Nobre, N., Correia, A. (2015) “Media saturated routines in times of crisis: can digital natives handle sustainable consumption of electronic media?” Full paper presented at the Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference NESS 2015, Trondheim, Noruega, 9-11 June 2015.

Horta, A., Fonseca, S., Nobre, N., Correia, A., Truninger, M. (2015) “Teenagers’ energy use related to electronic media: a sociological approach”. Extended paper presented at the Energy for Sustainability 2015 Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, 14-15 May 2015.

Horta, A., Fonseca, S., Truninger, M., Correia, A., (2014) “Cyborg youth: transition to energy-intensive routines of media use?” Poster presented at the 2nd Energy & Society Conference – Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Environment and Society. Krakow, Poland, 4-6 Junho 2014.

Horta, A. (2014) “Changes in ICT usage in times of scarcity”. Paper presented at the XVIII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014.

Horta, A. (2014) “As tecnologias de informação e comunicação nas práticas quotidianas: materiais, competências e significados.” Paper presented at the VIII Congresso Português de Sociologia, Évora, Portugal, 14-16 April 2014.

 

 

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