Stephenson Janet

Bases théoriques
April 2017
Titre Ouvrage:
What does energy mean? An interdisciplinary conversation
Energy Research & Social Sciences, vol. 26
pp. 103-106

Single-discipline research may have limited effectiveness if it fails to take into account cogent knowledge from other fields, and especially if fails to communicate using terms that are meaningful to other disciplines and to policy makers.

In the energy field, interdisciplinary research is needed to address the many complex and urgent socio-technical issues involved in achieving a more sustainable future. However, the terminology and specialised concepts that are integral to disciplines can create barriers to a comprehensive understanding of a shared field of inquiry.

In energy sciences the common language of mathematics is used to help in understanding of the quantitative concepts of energy and its transformations, while the social sciences use both qualitative and quantitative means to describe society and social relationships.

DOI : 10.1016/j.erss.2017.01.014