Academic papers & Special Issues

Special Issue of Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (TASM)

‘Smart Metering Technology & Society’

We are pleased to announce the publication of the TEDDINET-organised Special Issue of Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (TASM) ‘Smart Metering Technology & Society’.

This special issue is a ‘world first’ and we are very grateful for the contributions and input we received from across the UK research community and beyond, as authors and reviewers.

Below is the full list of papers contained in the Issue. Full details are available here:


Dan van der Horst, Samantha Staddon & Janette Webb (2014) Smart energy, and society?, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1111-1117, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.990314


Michael J. Fell, David Shipworth, Gesche M. Huebner & Clifford A. Elwell (2014) Exploring perceived control in domestic electricity demand-side response, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1118-1130, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.974530

Niamh Murtagh, Birgitta Gatersleben & David Uzzell (2014) A qualitative study of perspectives on household and societal impacts of demand response, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1131-1143, DOI:10.1080/09537325.2014.974529

Martin Pullinger, Heather Lovell & Janette Webb (2014) Influencing household energy practices: a critical review of UK smart metering standards and commercial feedback devices, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1144-1162, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.977245

Dana Abi Ghanem & Sarah Mander (2014) Designing consumer engagement with the smart grids of the future: bringing active demand technology to everyday life, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1163-1175, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.974531

Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, Oscar Amerighi & Benjamin Boteler (2014) A comparison of consumer perceptions towards smart homes in the UK, Germany and Italy: reflections for policy and future research, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1176-1195, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.975788

Ben Bedwell, Caroline Leygue, Murray Goulden, Derek McAuley, James Colley, Eamonn Ferguson, Nick Banks & Alexa Spence (2014) Apportioning energy consumption in the workplace: a review of issues in using metering data to motivate staff to save energy, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1196-1211, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.978276

Georgina Wood, Dan van der Horst, Rosie Day, Anastasios G. Bakaoukas, Panagiotis Petridis, Shuli Liu, Latifimran Jalil, Mark Gaterell, Elise Smithson, John Barnham, Debbie Harvey, Benqiang Yang & Charn Pisithpunth (2014) Serious games for energy social science research, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1212-1227, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.978277

David Hawkey & Janette Webb (2014) District energy development in liberalised markets: situating UK heat network development in comparison with Dutch and Norwegian case studies, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1228-1241, DOI:  10.1080/09537325.2014.971001


Sarah Royston (2014) Smart energy technologies in everyday life: smart Utopia?, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1242-1247, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.975789

Rick Holland (2014) Smart energy technologies in everyday life: Smart Utopia?, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26:10, 1247-1250, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.976194

Full details are available here:

The Call for Papers:

Smart energy is coming. Smart grids are a key component in the transition to a low carbon energy system, linking intermittent supplies (renewables) with flexible demand (consumers). Smart grids need smart meters, not just for each household and business, but ideally also for each electrical appliance that is permanently plugged into the socket. If you buy new white goods, the technology may already be imbedded, if not necessarily activated. The internet of things is arriving by stealth into our kitchens and bathrooms, capable of two-way real-time communication with a third party, using our wifi connection. In countries where the meters are located on the outside of the property, the energy company may install a smart meter without even asking. But where electricity and gas meters are found within the property, installation requires consumer cooperation. Surveys typically indicate that people have limited knowledge of smart meters but even less trust in the energy companies who would own the meters, would seek access to consumption data, and might one day remotely control ‘our’ domestic appliances. Mass roll-out of smart meters raises many research questions, ranging from technical and informational to social and economic, including:

  • How will this technology be configured in terms of control, ownership and management? (how) will remote control become the norm? What are the consequences for our practices and lived experience when smart appliances and the internet of things are turning the house into a closely monitored surveillance zone?  Who will own the data and how will privacy, consent, consumer access to data, liability and benefit-sharing be governed? Who is responsible and capable to intervene when smart appliances malfunction, are hacked or are mismanaged?
  • How will the technology be socialised?  To what extent will (some) people adopt and engage with energy feedback that can be supplied through smart meters or self metering? If smart meters are accepted or tolerated, (how) will people engage with the information provided? And if knowledge of their own energy use increases, how may that change people’s perceptions – of themselves, of others, of ‘the problem’. And how (if at all) do these views translate into (short/long lasting) behaviour? Who will gain or lose?
  • How may the market evolve to make use of the opportunities offered by micro-metering and real time data exchange? Will time-of-use billing create a class of privileged ‘any time’ consumers, similar to those who are able and willing to pay road congestion charges? Will smart meters provide a platform for encouraging energy efficient investments in the home (e.g. the UK’s  Green Deal), and will they open the door to new business models – e.g. for companies that sell thermal comfort, certified reductions of energy consumption or lease technologies for decentralised energy storage.  Will smart meters encourage virtual consumer coops that bulk-buy electricity, or open the door to locally targeted investments or energy consumption reductions which reflect the localised costs of grid maintenance?

We call for papers addressing the socio-technical nature of a ‘smart’ electric future. We would welcome empirical papers related to key knowledge gaps, papers that further our theoretical understanding of this impending development and review & synthesis papers that set a benchmark for existing evidence and develop a research agenda for the coming years.  We also strongly welcome interdisciplinary, international and comparative contributions.

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