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dc.contributor.authorEllsworth-Krebs, Katherine
dc.contributor.authorReid, Louise Anne
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Colin John
dc.identifier.citationEllsworth-Krebs , K , Reid , L A & Hunter , C J 2015 , ' Home-ing in on domestic energy research : 'house', 'home' and the importance of ontology ' , Energy Research and Social Science , vol. 6 , pp. 100-108 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 159924352
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84924086301
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-0577-1210/work/54819113
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3098-1498/work/30461244
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dc.description.abstractDomestic energy demand is a topical policy issue, with implications for climate change, energy vulnerability and security. Domestic energy demand varies considerably by country, climate, building type, and even when these factors are the same, occupancy patterns and inhabitant’s lifestyles also create variation. However, clarifying understanding of the basic locus of analysis: the home, house, dwelling, or household has received little attention to date, despite its relevance to debates on energy demand. This paper explores the theoretical and methodological assumptions of investigating the ‘house’ compared to the ‘home’ and the implications for domestic energy researchers. We suggest that the ontological priority given to the ‘home’ results in scholarship which considers both social and physical aspects that shape demand. Conversely, research prioritising the ‘house’ is dominated by techno-economic thinking, and overlooks critical social considerations. Recognising this important distinction, we conclude with a plea for scholars to be cognisant of ontology and language, and provide some suggestions for a future research agenda.
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dc.rights© 2014. The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
dc.subjectDomestic energy researchen
dc.subjectG Geography (General)en
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectSDG 13 - Climate Actionen
dc.titleHome-ing in on domestic energy research : 'house', 'home' and the importance of ontologyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorEconomic & Social Research Councilen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Geography and Geosciencesen
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