About the project

Purpose and goals

The purpose of this project is to increase our understanding of and improve the means of fairly dealing with grievances raised by the transition to a low-carbon economy. We have defined the following research questions:

1. What kinds of grievances does the transition to a low-carbon economy give rise to?
2. What moral principles should be used to systematise and explain grievances raised by the transition to a low-carbon economy?
3. How should grievances raised by the transition to a low-carbon economy be dealt with?

By answering these research questions, we aim to accomplish the following project goals:

1. Creating a chart of the kinds of grievances a large-scale decarbonisation of an economy is likely to raise. It is important not to lump all complaints together as simply resistance to change. Rather, we aim to analyse the different grounds of expressed opposition, having to do with e.g. livelihood, health and wellbeing, cultural and social identity, communal cohesion, aesthetic reasons. Based on this analysis, we will be able to present a hypothesis of which conflicts we can expect in the context of Sweden.
2. Developing a criterion for distinguishing morally justified from unjustified justice-claims raised by the transition to a low-carbon economy.
3. Initiating and facilitating a stakeholder dialogue, involving participants from politics, industry and civil society in Sweden, in which ideas about the fair treatment of grievances raised by the transition to a low-carbon economy are exchanged.

In addition to a systematic analytical framework for decision-makers, we expect to produce four to six scientific articles, present our research at national and international conferences, and write a number of op-eds and popular science articles.

Sidansvarig: itht.luse | 2020-06-25