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1 Integration of smart-grid technologies in households - A multi-sited case-study of changing social practices in the everyday life PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalborg University

2 Anthropological Field Methods | December Background, Objectives and Research questions 2.Methodological conciderations 3.My empirical material 4.5 papers and 5 different analytical approaches? PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University

3 1. Background, Objectives and Research questions Background a part of IHSMAG aim: to reach the sustainable goals by getting more renewables into the energy system challenges: to balance consumption and production in the energy system solution: smart grid has the potential to balance fluctuation through intelligent demand management demand of new consumption patterns – more flexibility households have to be involved and engaged Aim To fill out the lack of integration of smart grid technologies in the end-user design Objectives and research questions A socio-geographical qualitative study on social practices, particular focusing on energy demand-practices, there constitution and the posibility for change Overall ?: How do Danish households integrate smart grid technologies into their everyday life? how SG-technologies change social practices in households’ everyday? households flexibility to postpone their energy demand? how does system managers construct social change in the everyday life? how is meaning constructed in the social? how is EV-driving a matter of contextual conditions? PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University

4 2) Methodological conciderations Presentation of my case ‘Test-an-EV’ an unique case…. Access to test-pilots and socio-economic information etc the first selection of qualitative interviews A qualitative approach social and geographical researcher, contextual knowledge situational analysis > mapping as a tool to open the field (Adele Clark) awareness of scientific position and normativity ( PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University

5 2) Methodological conciderations Field work and status when? where? how? semi-structured interview technique (Kvale, Thagaard, Spradley) and focus group interviews (Halkier) PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University

6 My empirical material Qualitative methodsSample sizeTimeSpaceAim In-depth individual interviews with pilots 8 householdsSummer time Two small towns South of Jutland, Country side. At home In-depth knowledge on social practices in the everyday life Follow the ‘sayings about their doings’ Focus groups interviews with pilots 3 groups, 8 participants Winter time Copenhagen, more urbanised surroundings. At working spaces Capture construction of meaning in the social Follow the ‘sayings about their doings’ All first-adopters: huge engagement and interest in the EV technology Individual interviews: Project leader of Test-an-EV and the project manager (direct contact with the test-pilots) Individual interview: Danish Transport Authority (one of the main sponsors behind Test-an-EV) Participant observationInformation meetings (EV handovers/delivering) ? to a surveyAdded some questions focusing on everyday life and practices to a quantitative survey 6

7 Selection: widest variation on socio-economic parameters 7

8 5 papers, 5 different methods and theroretical approaches? Et oversigtsskema…. PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University

9 Analytical approach PhD Student Freja Friis | Danish Building Research Institute | Aalbourg University


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