Mobilizing citizens in the Dutch heat transition. A research showing conditions for succesful citizen mobilization in the Dutch heat transition

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The measurement of success in this study is based on citizens' perceptions of sustainability measures and the eventual implementation of sustainability measures. This research also focusses on the conditions (or combinations of conditions) that can contribute to the successful mobilization of citizens. The six success conditions studied are experiments at neighborhood level, support for initiatives, competent participants, principled engagement, funding availability and the presence of an experienced leading actor. The combination of studying the (combinations of) conditions and measuring successful citizen mobilization leads to an answer to the main question below: “What conditions influence the successfulness of local experiments/initiatives in the Dutch heat transition?” The cases selected are the experiments that have been started as a result of the Green Deal Natural Gas-Free Neighbourhoods (2018). The 'Proeftuinen' from the 'Programma Aardgasvrij Wijken (2019). And the local heating collectives as mentioned in the 'Local Energy Monitor (2019)'. The collected empirical data was analyzed by means of a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). This research analyzes the in-case complexity and tries to make connections between the outcomes of the cases that are inherent to the aforementioned selection. These outcomes can contribute to the knowledge about neighborhood approaches in the Dutch heat transition. It shows the importance of certain (combinations of) conditions in relation to the successful mobilization of citizens.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen