Social sustainability and social acceptance in technology assessment: a case study on energy technologies
2007 (English)In: Technology in society, ISSN 0160-791X, E-ISSN 1879-3274, Vol. 29, no 1, 63-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper discusses an approach for assessing indicators for the social sustainability of technical systems developed within a Swedish technology assessment tool called ORWARE. Social sustainability is approached from the perspective of one of its ingredients, namely social acceptance. The research takes the form of a case study on energy technologies conducted in the municipality of Kil in west central Sweden. Three indicators—knowledge, perception, and fear associated with four chains of energy technologies—are assessed using a questionnaire.
The questionnaire results indicate that respondents have such a low level of information and knowledge about new energy technologies that they are unable to discriminately rank them. This was found to hamper participation in discussions and decision making about technologies for which public funds would be spent.
The importance of assessing social indicators by engaging members of society is discussed, and an assessment approach is developed. The need to present results together with ecological and economic indicators is emphasised in order to avoid suboptimization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 29, no 1, 63-78 p.
Sustainability; Social sustainability; Assessment; Social acceptance; Technology assessment; ORWARE; Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10700DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2006.10.007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33845876900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10700DiVA: diva2:227393
QC 201005052009-07-132009-07-132010-08-31Bibliographically approved