We see institutional work as actively creating, adjusting or maintaining policy rules that might ensure that investments in renewable energy infrastructure also deliver positive justice outcomes in society. We have developed a practical framework to study this institutional work, which we call the triple re-cycle. In this framework we make a distinction between three ‘re’s’ that feed into each other: Reimagine, Recode, Reconfigure.
i) Reconfiguring energy infrastructures:
Realizing just energy transitions requires hard work. In this project we develop a practical framework to investigate this work, which we call the triple re-cycle. This framework distinguishes between three domains of ‘institutional work’: Reimagining, Recoding, Reconfiguring. The triple re-cycle can be used in research and practice to identify specific effects that bolster the production of positive justice outcomes, and negative evaporative effects that undermine this potential.
ii) Reimagining energy futures:
Refers to stabilizing, displacing and transforming existing imaginaries, which influences the direction and outcome of energy transitions
iii) Recoding policy rules:
Refers to transforming the rule sets, artefacts, and instruments that make up the institutional structures that guide energy transitions