Energy-related practices in transition – e-bikes, policies and everyday life

Cyclists at Slussen / Skeppsbron in Stockholm.
Roland Magnusson

The research project studies how social practices interrelate with policies aiming to reduce climate change and energy demand. Of particular importance is also to investigate how energy-related practices are framed, and how new standards are born.

 More specifically, the project provides insights into how electric bikes have made, or not made, its way into the streets and into the practices of citizens, what the “e-biking” supersede and how it is framed by different actors – in terms of environment, climate, comfortability, health, economy or something else?

The outcomes of the project will contribute to a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities included in the energy transition towards a more energy efficient, less fossil fuel dependent, society by discussing how policies and every-day practices co-work. 

Two separate but related lines of data collection are applied in this project:

  • the individual/everyday use and framing of e-biking.
  • context and surrounding actors (policy makers, governmental authorities, interest organizations among others).

Both the everyday experiences and the societal and physical context are thus captured, and the individual perspective is coupled with the societal and long-term. Diaries and interviews compose an important part in the first line of data collection while the second line relies mainly on interviews, relevant policy documents and statistics.