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New co-authored article for Energy Research & Social Science journal published by APS faculty

January 2021

Dr Kris Hartley, Assistant Professor at APS, has published a new co-authored article for Energy Research & Social Science journal, entitled “From end-users to policy designers: Breaking open the black box of energy technocracy in Thailand.” The article documents a project for the Thailand central government concerning participatory policymaking for regional energy plans. This study documents the degree to which a ‘design thinking’ approach for participatory mechanisms helps produce policy input that reflects the concerns and ambitions of local stakeholders. The findings offer lessons for how legitimacy can be a pathway for public participation to support energy democracy. Kris’s co-authors were Warathida Chaiyapa of Chiang Mai University and Daniel del Barrio Alvarez of the University of Tokyo. The article is available at: