Economic and Social Considerations for the Future of Nuclear Energy in Society

ECOSENS partners published journal paper on the public attitudes towards nuclear energy in the context of climate and energy security challenges in Progress in Nuclear Energy

Jun 27, 2024 | news

The article presents the results of a systematic literature review following the PRISMA protocol and answering the research question of how climate change or energy security considerations affect public attitudes towards nuclear energy. Together 82 articles published in English since 2011 and indexed in scientific databases were selected for the review. After providing quantitative bibliometric information, the authors conduct thematic analysis to describe qualitatively the main research themes traceable in the literature, using individual articles to illustrate research trends and tendencies. By synthesizing existing social scientific knowledge, they conclude that public support for nuclear energy is generally negatively associated with climate change concerns and positively associated with concerns for energy security. Moreover, the higher the perceived benefits of nuclear energy for energy security and, to a lesser extent, for the mitigation of climate change, the more open or (sometimes reluctantly) favourable attitudes towards nuclear energy are. However, differences between countries have also been observed. The paper critically discusses the existing gaps regarding the objects of study, methods, and role of theory to outline needful research avenues in future. Overall, it contributes to a broader – inter- and transdisciplinary – debate on nuclear energy technologies as a possible means of coping with global climate change and energy security

2nd ECOSENS Scientific Event

Bucharest, Romania Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center 1 October, 9:00-17:00  Second ECOSENS Scientific Event – part 2 A novel approach to assess and establish the socio-economic role of nuclear energy at country level Introduction One of the objectives of the...

Second ECOSENS Scientific Event in Ljubljana

Second ECOSENS Scientific Event in Ljubljana

In the frame of RICOMET conference in Ljubljana the second ECOSENS scientific event was held on 10th of June 2024. The project coordinator Daniela Diaconu presented the project and briefly introduced main achievements until now. Selected results from WP1 on social...

Scientific Event as panel discussion on SMRs in RICOMET

The panel discussion on “Public participation in decisions related to Small Modular nuclear Reactors (SMRs)”, will be organised on June 10 (16:00-17:40) in Ljubljana (Slovenia), in the framework of the European project ECOSENS (Economic and Social Considerations for...

Panel discussion on SMRs in RICOMET

The panel discussion on “Public participation in decisions related to Small Modular nuclear Reactors (SMRs)”, will be organised on June 10 (16:00-17:35) in Ljubljana (Slovenia), in the framework of the European project ECOSENS (Economic and Social Considerations for...

ECOSENS Newsletter – No.1 – December 2023

ECOSENS Newsletter – No.1 – December 2023

Inside the issue ECOSENS first year Short news from WPs Deliverables and publications ECOSENS engagement opportunities ECOSENS first year Dr. Daniela Diaconu, RATEN, ECOSENS co-ordinator The ECOSENS project was conceived by specialists in social sciences and...

New ECOSENS deliverables available

Three new ECOSENS deliverables  representing the complete package of documents necessary for the assessment of the sustainability of nuclear energy to be carried out in the project are now available on the project webpage.They are reporting on: the methodology...