Selected publications


Kesidou, Sofia and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2019) Supply chain integration for low-carbon buildings: A critical interdisciplinary review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 113 (109274). ISSN 1364-0321

Williams, Laurence and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2019) The discursive politics of ‘fracking’: frames, storylines, and the anticipatory contestation of shale gas development in the United Kingdom. Global Environmental Change, 58 (101935). ISSN 0959-3780

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Kester, Johannes, Noel, Lance and Zarazua de Rubens, Gerardo (2019) Income, political affiliation, urbanism and geography in stated preferences for electric vehicles (EVs) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies in Northern Europe. Journal of Transport Geography, 78. pp. 214-229. ISSN 0966-6923

Dubois, Ghislain, Sovacool, Benjamin, Aall, Carlo, Nilsson, Maria, Barbier, Carine, Herrmann, Alina, Bruyère, Sébastien, Andersson, Camilla, Skold, Bore, Nadaud, Franck, Dorner, Florian, Moberg, Karen Richardsen, Ceron, Jean Paul, Fischer, Helen, Amelung, Dorothee, Baltruszewicz, Marta, Fischer, Jeremy, Benevise, Françoise, Louis, Valérie R and Sauerborn, Rainer (2019) It starts at home? Climate policies targeting household consumption and behavioral decisions are key to low-carbon futures. Energy Research and Social Science, 52. pp. 144-158. ISSN 2214-6296

Axsen, Jonn and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2019) The roles of users in electric, shared and automated mobility transitions. Transportation Research Part D Transport and Environment, 71. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1361-9209

Noel, Lance, Zarazua de Rubens, Gerardo, Sovacool, Benjamin K and Kester, Johannes (2019) Fear and loathing of electric vehicles: the reactionary rhetoric of range anxiety. Energy Research and Social Science, 48. pp. 96-107. ISSN 2214-6296

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Axsen, John (2018) Functional, symbolic and societal frames for automobility: implications for sustainability transitions. Transportation Research Part A Policy and Practice, 118. pp. 730-746. ISSN 0965-8564

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Walter, Götz (2018) Internationalizing the political economy of hydroelectricity: security, development, and sustainability in hydropower states. Review of International Political Economy. ISSN 0969-2290

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Axsen, John and Sorrell, Steven (2018) Promoting novelty, rigor, and style in energy social science: towards codes of practice for appropriate methods and research design. Energy Research & Social Science, 45. pp. 12-42. ISSN 2214-6296

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Lovell, Katherine and Ting, Marie Blanche (2018) Reconfiguration, contestation, and decline: conceptualizing mature large technical systems. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 43 (6). pp. 1066-1097. ISSN 0162-2439

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Kester, Johannes, Noel, Lance and Zarazua de Rubens, Gerardo (2018) The demographics of decarbonizing transport: the influence of gender, education, occupation, age, and household size on electric mobility preferences in the Nordic region. Global Environmental Change, 52. pp. 86-100. ISSN 0959-3780

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Tan-Mullins, May and Abrahamse, Wokje (2018) Bloated bodies and broken bricks: power, ecology, and inequality in the political economy of natural disaster recovery. World Development, 110. pp. 243-255. ISSN 0305-750X

Zarazua du Rubens, Gerardo, Noel, Lance and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2018) Dismissive and deceptive car dealerships create barriers to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale. Nature Energy, 3. pp. 501-507. ISSN 1520-8524

Jenkins, Kirsten, Sovacool, Benjamin K and McCauley, Darren (2018) Humanizing sociotechnical transitions through energy justice: an ethical framework for global transformative change. Energy Policy, 117. pp. 66-74. ISSN 0301-4215

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2017) Bamboo beating bandits: conflict, inequality, and vulnerability in the political ecology of climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. World Development, 102. pp. 183-194. ISSN 0305-750X

Cherp, Aleh, Vinichenko, Vadim, Jewell, Jessica, Brutschin, Elina and Sovacool, Benjamin (2017) Integrating techno-economic, socio-technical and political perspectives on national energy transitions: A meta-theoretical framework. Energy Research & Social Science, 37. pp. 175-190. ISSN 2214-6296

Johnstone, Philip, Stirling, Andrew and Sovacool, Benjamin (2017) Policy mixes for incumbency: the destructive recreation of renewable energy, shale gas 'fracking,' and nuclear power in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 33. pp. 147-162. ISSN 2214-6296

Geels, Frank W, Sovacool, Benjamin K, Schwanen, Tim and Sorrell, Steven (2017) The socio-technical dynamics of low-carbon transitions. Joule, 1 (3). pp. 463-479. ISSN 2542-4351

Geels, Frank W, Sovacool, Benjamin K, Schwanen, Tim and Sorrell, Steve (2017) Sociotechnical transitions for deep decarbonization. Science, 357 (6357). pp. 1242-1244. ISSN 1095-9203

Sovacool, Benjamin, Axsen, Jonn and Kempton, Willett (2017) The future promise of vehicle-to-grid integration: a sociotechnical review and research agenda. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 42. pp. 377-406. ISSN 1543-5938

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Hess, David J (2017) Ordering theories: typologies and conceptual frameworks for sociotechnical change. Social Studies of Science, 47 (5). pp. 703-750. ISSN 0306-3127

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2017) Reviewing, reforming, and rethinking global energy subsidies: towards a political economy research agenda. Ecological Economics, 135. pp. 150-163. ISSN 0921-8009

Wheatley, Spencer, Sovacool, Benjamin and Sornette, Didier (2017) Of disasters and dragon kings: a statistical analysis of nuclear power incidents and accidents. Risk Analysis, 37 (1). pp. 99-115. ISSN 0272-4332

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Linnér, Björn-Ola and Klein, Richard J T (2017) Climate change adaptation and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF): qualitative insights from policy implementation in the Asia-Pacific. Climatic Change, 140 (2). pp. 209-226. ISSN 0165-0009

Stern, Paul C, Sovacool, Benjamin K and Dietz, Thomas (2016) Towards a science of climate and energy choices. Nature Climate Change, 6. pp. 547-555. ISSN 1758-678X

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Heffron, Raphael J, McCauley, Darren and Goldthau, Andreas (2016) Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns. Nature Energy, 1. p. 16024. ISSN 0001-4966

Parag, Yael and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2016) Electricity market design for the prosumer era. Nature Energy, 1 (16032). ISSN 0001-4966

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2016) How long will it take? Conceptualizing the temporal dynamics of energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science, 13. pp. 202-215. ISSN 2214-6296

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Linnér, Björn-Ola and Goodsite, Michael E (2015) The political economy of climate adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 5 (7). pp. 616-618. ISSN 1758-678X

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Ramana, M V (2015) Back to the future: small modular reactors, nuclear fantasies, and symbolic convergence. Science, Technology & Human Values, 40 (1). pp. 96-125. ISSN 0162-2439

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2014) Diversity: Energy studies need social science. Nature, 511. pp. 529-530. ISSN 0028-0836

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2014) What are we doing here? Analyzing fifteen years of energy scholarship and proposing a social science research agenda. Energy Research & Social Science, 1. pp. 1-29. ISSN 2214-6296

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2013) An international assessment of energy security performance. Ecological Economics, 88. pp. 148-158. ISSN 0921-8009

Hirsh, Robert F and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2013) Wind turbines and invisible technology: unarticulated reasons for local opposition to wind energy. Technology and Culture, 54 (4). pp. 705-734. ISSN 0040-165X

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2012) Deploying off-grid technology to eradicate energy poverty. Science, 338 (6103). pp. 47-48. ISSN 0036-8075

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2012) Design principles for renewable energy programs in developing countries. Energy & Environmental Science, 5 (11). pp. 9157-9162. ISSN 1754-5692

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Mukherjee, Ishani, Drupady, Ira Martina and D’Agostino, Anthony L (2011) Evaluating energy security performance from 1990 to 2010 for eighteen countries. Energy, 36 (10). pp. 5846-5853. ISSN 0360-5442

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Brown, Marilyn A (2010) Competing dimensions of energy security: an international review. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 35. pp. 77-108. ISSN 1543-5938

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Brown, Marilyn A (2010) Twelve metropolitan carbon footprints: a preliminary global comparative assessment. Energy Policy, 38 (9). pp. 4856-4869. ISSN 0301-4215

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2009) Rejecting renewables: the socio-technical impediments to renewable electricity in the United States. Energy Policy, 37 (11). pp. 4500-4513. ISSN 0301-4215

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Hirsh, Richard F (2009) Beyond batteries: an examination of the benefits and barriers to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) transition. Energy Policy, 37 (3). pp. 1095-1103. ISSN 0301-4215

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2008) Valuing the greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear power: a critical survey. Energy Policy, 36 (8). pp. 2950-2963. ISSN 0301-4215


Sovacool, Benjamin, Brown, Marilyn A and Valentine, Scott V (2016) Fact and fiction in global energy policy: fifteen contentious questions. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. ISBN 9781421418971

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Dworkin, Michael H (2014) Global energy justice: problems, principles and practices. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107041950

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Brown, Marilyn A (2011) Climate change and global energy security: technology and policy options. MIT Press, Cambridge MA. ISBN 9780262016254

Book Section

Jenkins, Kirsten E H, Sovacool, Benjamin and Hielscher, Sabine (2018) The United Kingdom smart meter rollout through an energy justice lens. In: Jenkins, Kirsten E H and Hopkins, Debbie (eds.) Transitions in energy efficiency and demand: The emergence, diffusion and impact of low-carbon innovation. Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions, pp. 94-110. ISBN 9781351127264