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Jessica Balest

Jessica Balest

Jessica Balest

Senior Researcher
Institute for Renewable Energy

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About

Main research interests:


  • Social and energy pratices
  • Local community's engagement
  • Energy democracy


Jessica Balest is a senior researcher at the Institute for Renewable energy of EURAC. She participates at the activities of the Urban and Regional Energy Systems. After bachelor’s degree in Political Sociology and a master’s degree in Sociology of the Environment, she obtained a PhD in Land, Environment, Resources and Health at the University of Padua (IT). She is working in several EU project (e.g., H2020 EnerMaps, Interreg ITA-AU Shelter) and she is a principal investigator in the Solstice ROLES project (https://roles.w.uib.no/project/). Her main issues relate to social and energy practices in daily life e.g., energy savings. She is also working for engaging marginalised local communities and vulnerable people in energy-related issues, emphasising energy democracy processes.

Projects

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Project

ARV

EU H2020 ARV - Climate Positive Circular Communities

Duration: December 2021 - December 2025Funding:
Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
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