I am an environmental social researcher, working at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on the H2020 SMARTEES research project, which studies through a multi-method approach, the drivers and barriers affecting the development of energy social innovations involving renewables, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency in buildings. My specific focus is on energy equality, energy justice and energy efficiency in urban areas.
Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow, and now I am an Affiliate Researcher at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy), where I worked on a research project in collaboration with RSE, (Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico, Milano), on energy justice and the social aspects related with the evolution of the Italian energy system.
In 2017, I was awarded my PhD at Heriot-Watt University, (School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society), where I researched social acceptability of onshore wind farms and the co-operative model of community ownership.
In the past, I also worked as ‘Research Associate’ at the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University on a nationwide British project, (TARBASE), aiming at individuating engineering and policy solutions to reduce carbon emissions from the UK building stock. Previously, I researched social engagement in wind energy at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development of De Montfort University.
In 2012 and 2013, I was environment executive councillor (Assessore all’ Ambiente) in the municipality of Lucca (Italy) where I coordinated the design and implementation of the environmental policy for the whole city. In that capacity, I introduced the zero-waste strategy, obtaining a 20% increase in recycled waste, and I coordinated the design of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for the city membership of the Covenant of Mayors.
My main research interests lie broadly in energy and social research, energy policy, sustainable behaviours and environmental policies.
Adopting an interdisciplinary social science approach, this book examines community reactions to wind farms to form a new understanding of what facilitates social acceptance.
Based on empirical research, Wind Power and Public Engagement investigates opposition to wind energy and considers the advantages as well as the limits of the co-operative model of wind farm community ownership. Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini compares the role of co-operative schemes with community benefits schemes in increasing acceptability, and also sheds light on the impact of social factors including pro-environmental attitudes, perceived benefits and costs, place attachment, trust, as well as individuals’ resources such as information and income. Five research cases are investigated in England and Scotland, including the first local, community-owned wind farm co-operative in the UK. Critically reviewing existing social research theories, the book offers a new viewpoint, integrating rational choice and environmental attitudinal theories, from which to assess and understand the social acceptability of wind energy. It also highlights new opportunities for raising consensus in communities around locally proposed wind farms.
The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of renewable energy, energy policy, environmental sociology, environmental psychology, environmental planning and sustainability in general, as well as policymakers.
Egner, L.E., Klöckner, C.A. and Pellegrini-Masini, G.P., (2021) Low free-riding at the cost of subsidizing the rich. Replicating Swiss energy retrofit subsidy findings in Norway. Energy and Buildings, p.111542.
Pellegrini-Masini, G., Egner, L.E., Klöckner, C.A., Löfström, E., (2021) Sustainable Energy Policies and Equality: Is There a Nexus? Inferences From the Analysis of EU Statistical and Survey Data. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.
Corvino, F., Pellegrini-Masini, G., Pirni, A. and Maran, S. (2021) Compensation for Energy Infrastructures: Can a Capability Approach be More Equitable? Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Routledge, pp. 1–21.
Cohen, J.J., Azarova, V., Klöckner, C.A., Kollmann, A., Löfström, E., Pellegrini-Masini, G., Polhill, J.G., et al. (2021), Tackling the challenge of interdisciplinary energy research: A research toolkit. Energy Research & Social Science, Elsevier, Vol. 74, p. 101966.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2020) Wind Power and Public Engagement: Co-operatives and Community Ownership. Routledge. 2020. ISBN 9781138589100.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Pirni, Alberto Eugenio Ermenegildo; Maran, Stefano; Klöckner, Christian A.. (2020) Delivering a timely and Just Energy Transition: which policy research priorities? Environmental Policy and Governance.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Pirni, Alberto Eugenio Ermenegildo; Maran, Stefano. (2019) Energy justice revisited: A critical review on the philosophical and political origins of equality. Energy Research & Social Science. vol. 59.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Corvino, Fausto; Löfquist, Lars. (2020) Energy Justice and Intergenerational Ethics: Theoretical Perspectives and Institutional Designs. Energy Justice Across Borders.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2019) Energy equality and energy sufficiency: new policy principles to accelerate the energy transition. eceee 2019 Summer Study on energy efficiency: Is efficient sufficient?
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Corvino, Fausto; Pirni, Alberto Eugenio Ermenegildo. (2019) Climate justice in practice: adapting democratic institutions for environmental citizenship. A Research Agenda for Climate Justice.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Macsinga, Irina; Albulescu, Patricia; Löfström, Erica; Coralia, Sulea; Dumitru, Adina; Nayum, Alim. (2019) D6.1 Report on social innovation drivers, barriers, actors and network structures. European Commission. 2019.
Maran, Stefano; Pirni, Alberto Eugenio Ermenegildo; Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2018) Raccomandazioni per il coinvolgimento degli stakeholder nello sviluppo della rete. 2018.
Leishman, Chris; Orr, A.M.; Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2012) The impact of carbon emission reducing design features on office occupiers’ choice of premises. Urban Studies.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Leishman, Chris. (2011) The role of corporate reputation and employees’ values in the uptake of energy efficiency in office buildings. Energy Policy.
Jenkins, David; Banfill, P.F.; Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2010) Non-domestic conclusions of the Tarbase project –Reducing CO2 emissions of existing buildings. Heriot-Watt University.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Bowels, G.; Peacock, A.; Ahadzi, M.; Banfill, P.F.. (2010) Whole life costing of domestic energy demand reduction technologies: householder perspectives. Construction Management and Economics.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Jenkins, David; McLaren, Gary; Bowles, Greaeme; Buchan, Ross. (2010) Economic barriers to low-carbon office refurbishments. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings: IEECB Focus 2010.
Peacock, Andrew; Jackson, Tim; Berry, Ali; Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe; Ahadzi, M.. (2009) Market Development Potential of Residential Refurbishment Packages. Act! Innovate! Deliver! Reducing energy demand sustainably: ECEEE 2009 Summer Study Proceedings.
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2008) Book Review: Spaces of Sustainability: Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society Mark Whitehead, 2007 London: Routledge 242 pp. £22.50 paperback ISBN 9780415358040 Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment Matthew E. Kahn, 2006 Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press 160 pp. £11.99 Paperback ISBN 139780815748151. Urban Studies. vol. 45 (4).
Pellegrini-Masini, Giuseppe. (2007) The carbon-saving behaviour of residential households. 51st IFHP World Congress ; 2007-09-23 - 2007-09-26.