Benjamin Sovacool is among the world's most highly cited researchers

Each year, the Web of Science Group identifies the world's most influential researchers. We are proud that Benjamin Sovacool from our department is once again in the elite group of "Highly Cited Researchers".

Benjamin Sovacool.

Benjamin Sovacool has published many articles in recent years. You can see the complete list below, which only includes articles up to and including September, so more will be added.

We asked Benjamin why he is often cited.

"I suppose three things make my research distinctive: (1) the use of interdisciplinary tools and concepts from engineering and science as well as law, economics, public policy, sociology and history; (2) the deployment of a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods; and (3) an emphasis on producing applied and practical research that can be easily understood (and used) by policymakers and the public, especially important social challenges like poverty reduction, injustice, vulnerability, and climate change", he explains.  

Currently, two new projects most excite him. There is the GENIE-project and the IDRIC-project.

Articles published by Benjamin Sovacool the past year:

  1. Sovacool, BK, CM Baum, and S Low. “Determining our climate future: Expert opinions about negative emissions and solar radiation management pathways,” Mitigation Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (in press)
  2. Upham, P, BK Sovacool, and C Monyei. “Imaginaries on ice: Sociotechnical futures of datacentre development in Norway and Iceland,” Environment and Planning D (in press)
  3. Sovacool, BK, C Baum, and SJ Low. “Risk-risk governance in a low-carbon future: Exploring institutional, technological, and behavioral tradeoffs in climate geoengineering pathways,” Risk Analysis (in press)
  4. Halfon, S and BK Sovacool. “Pluralistic Collaboration in Science and Technology: Reviewing Knowledge Systems, Culture, Norms, and Work Styles,” Science, Technology, & Human Values (in press)
  5. Furszyfer Del Rio, D and BK Sovacool. “Of cooks, crooks and slum-dwellers: Exploring the lived experience of energy and mobility poverty in Mexico's informal settlements,” World Development 161 (January, 2023), 106093, pp. 1-22.
  6. Low, S, CM Baum and BK Sovacool. “Undone Science in Climate Interventions: Contrasting and contesting anticipatory assessments by expert networks,” Environmental Science & Policy 137 (November, 2022), pp. 249-270.
  7. Pisello, AL, C Piselli, and BK Sovacool. “From social science surveys to building energy modelling: investigating user-building interaction for low-carbon heating solutions in Europe,” Energy Reports 8 (November, 2022), pp. 7188-7199.
  8. Al Kez, D, A Foley, D Laverty, D Furszyfer Del Rio and BK Sovacool, “Exploring the sustainability challenges facing digitalization and internet data centers,” Journal of Cleaner Production 371 (October 15, 2022), 133633, pp. 1-12.
  9. Breyer, C, S Khalili, D Bogdanov, M Ram, BK Sovacool et al. “On the history and future of 100% renewable energy systems research,” IEEE Access 10 (October, 2022), pp. 78176-78218.
  10. Furszyfer Del Rio, D, BK Sovacool, S Griffiths, M Bazilian, J Kim, AM Foley, and D Rooney. “Decarbonizing the pulp and paper industry: A critical and systematic review of sociotechnical developments and policy options,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 167 (October, 2022), 112706, pp. 1-33.
  11. Upham, P, BK Sovacool, and B Ghosh. “Just transitions for industrial decarbonization: A framework for innovation, participation, and justice,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 167 (October, 2022), 112699, pp. 1-16.
  12. Matos, S, E Viardot, BK Sovacool, F Geels, Y Xiong and L Shen, “Innovation and climate change: A review and introduction to the Special Issue,” Technovation 117 (September, 2022), 102612, pp. 1-17.
  13. Bradshaw, M, P Devine-Wright, D Evensen, O King, A Martin, S Ryder, D Short, BK Sovacool, P Stretesky, Anna Szolucha, and L Williams. “‘We’re going all out for shale:’ Explaining Shale Gas Failure in the United Kingdom,” Energy Policy 168 (September, 2022), 113132, pp. 1-13.
  14. Hampton, H, AM Foley, D Furszyfer Del Rio, and BK Sovacool, “Developing future retail electricity markets with a customer-centric focus,” Energy Policy 168 (September, 2022), 113147, pp. 1-5.
  15. Sovacool, BK, C Baum, and S Low. “Climate protection or privilege?  A whole systems justice milieu of twenty negative emissions and solar geoengineering technologies ” Political Geography 97 (August, 2022), 102702, pp. 1-21.
  16. Mathur, S, G Gosnell, BK Sovacool, DD Furszyfer Del Rio, S Griffiths, M Bazilian and J Kim, “Industrial decarbonization via natural gas: A critical and systematic review of developments, socio-technical systems and policy options,” Energy Research & Social Science 90 (August, 2022), 102638, pp. 1-23.
  17. Low, S, C Baum, and BK Sovacool. “Taking it outside: Exploring social opposition to 21 early-stage experiments in radical climate interventions,” Energy Research & Social Science 90 (August, 2022), 102594, pp. 1-21.
  18. Sovacool, BK, CM Baum, S Low, C Roberts, and J Steinhauser. “Climate Policy for a Net-Zero Future: Ten Recommendations for Direct Air Capture,” Environmental Research Letters 17(7) (July, 2022), 074014, pp. 1-22.
  19. Low, SJ, C Baum and BK Sovacool. “Rethinking Net-Zero systems, spaces, and societies: “Hard” versus “soft” alternatives for nature-based and engineered carbon removal,” Global Environmental Change 75 (July, 2022), 102530, pp. 1-15.
  20. Sovacool, BK, J Axsen, LL Delina, HS Boudet, V Rai, R Sidortsov, SA Churchill, KEH Jenkins, and R Galvin. “Towards codes of practice for navigating the academic peer review process,” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (July, 2022), 102675, pp. 1-17.
  21. Upham, P, BK Sovacool and C Monyei. “Energy and transport poverty amidst plenty: Exploring just transition, lived experiences and policy implications in Iceland,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 163 (July, 2022), 112533, pp. 1-16.
  22. Sovacool, BK, C Daniels and A AbdulRafiu. “Science for whom? Examining the data quality, themes, and trends in 30 years of public funding for global climate change and energy research,” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (July, 2022), 102645, pp. 1-20.
  23. Simonsen, M, C Aall, HJ Walnum, and BK Sovacool. “Effective policies for reducing household energy use: Insights from Norway,” Applied Energy 318 (July, 2022), 119201, pp. 1-15.
  24. Iskandarova, M, AL Vernay, J Musiolik, L Muller, and BK Sovacool, “Tangled transitions: Exploring the emergence of local electricity exchange in France, Great Britain and Switzerland,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change 180 (July, 2022), 121677, pp. 1-15.
  25. Kim, J, BK Sovacool, M Bazilian, S Griffiths, J Lee, and M Yang,. “Decarbonizing the iron and steel industry: A systematic review of sociotechnical systems, technological innovations, and policy options,” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (July, 2022), 102565, pp. 1-32.
  26. AbdulRafiu, A, BK Sovacool and C Daniels. “The dynamics of global public research funding on climate change, energy, transport, and industrial decarbonization,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 162 (July, 2022), 112420, pp. 1-17.
  27. Krupnik, S, A Wagner, O Koretskaya, T  Rudek, BK Sovacool et al., “Beyond Technology: A research agenda for Social Sciences and Humanities research on renewable energy in Europe,” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (July, 2022), 102536, pp. 1-11.
  28. Griffiths, S, BK Sovacool, M Bazilian, J Kim, and Jo Uratani. “Decarbonizing the oil refining industry: A systematic review of sociotechnical systems, technological innovations, and policy options,” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (July, 2022), 102542, pp. 1-47.
  29. Upham, P, BK Sovacool and C. Monyei.  “Digital bricolage: Infrastructuring lower carbon digital space via Nordic datacentre development,” Political Geography 96 (June, 2022), 102617, pp. 1-13.
  30. Sovacool, BK, P Upham, and C Monyei. “The “whole systems” energy sustainability of digitalization: Humanizing the community risks and benefits of Nordic datacenter development,” Energy Research & Social Science 88 (June, 2022), 102493, pp. 1-28.
  31. Sovacool, BK and D Furszyfer Del Rio. “We’re not dead yet!”: Extreme energy and transport poverty, perpetual peripheralization, and spatial justice among Gypsies and Travellers in Northern Ireland,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 160 (May, 2022), 112262, pp. 1-18.
  32. Devine-Wright, P, L Whitmarsh, B Gaterslaben, S O’Neil, S Hartley, K Burningham, BK Sovacool, S Barr, and J Anable, “Placing people at the heart of climate action,” PLOS Climate 1(5) (May, 2022), e0000035, pp. 1-4.
  33. Sovacool, BK, M Lacey-Barnacle, MC Brisbois, and A Smith. “Towards improved solar energy justice: Exploring the complex inequities of household photovoltaics adoption,” Energy Policy 164 (May, 2022), 112868, pp. 1-13.
  34. Furszyfer Del Rio, D, BK Sovacool, AM Foley, S Griffiths, M Bazilian, J Kim and D Rooney. “Decarbonizing the ceramics industry: A systematic and critical review of policy options, developments and sociotechnical systems,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 157 (April, 2022), 112081, pp. 1-31.
  35. Newell, PJ, F Geels and BK Sovacool.  “Navigating tensions between rapid and just low-carbon transitions,” Environmental Research Letters 17(4) (April, 2022), 041006, pp. 1-6.
  36. Baum, CM, S Low and BK Sovacool. “Between the Sun and Us: Expert perceptions on the innovation, policy, and deep uncertainties of space-based solar geoengineering,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 158 (April, 2022), 112179, pp. 1-22.
  37. Williams, L, BK Sovacool and TJ Foxon. “The energy use implications of 5G: Reviewing whole network operational energy, embodied energy, and indirect effects,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 157 (April 2022), 112033, pp. 1-18.
  38. Sovacool, BK and A Dunlap. “Anarchy, war, or revolt? Radical perspectives for climate protection, insurgency and civil disobedience in a low-carbon era,” Energy Research & Social Science 86 (April, 2022), 102416, pp. 1-17.
  39. Sovacool, BK, PJ Newell, S Carley, and J Fanzo. “Equity, technological innovation and sustainable behaviour in a low-carbon future,” Nature Human Behavior 6 (March, 2022), pp. 326-337.
  40. Furszyfer Del Rio, D, BK Sovacool, AM Foley, S Griffiths, M Bazilian, J Kim and D Rooney. “Decarbonizing the glass industry: A critical and systematic review of developments, sociotechnical systems and policy options,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 155 (March, 2022), 111885, pp. 1-29.
  41. Sovacool, BK, DJ Hess, R Cantoni, D Lee, MC Brisbois, HJ Walnum, RF Dale, BJ Rygg, M Korsnes, A Goswami, S Kedia and S Goel. “Conflicted transitions: Exploring the actors, tactics, and outcomes of social opposition against energy infrastructure,” Global Environmental Change 73 (March, 2022), 102473, pp. 1-28.
  42. Kanger, L and BK Sovacool.  “Towards a multi-scalar and multi-horizon framework of energy injustice: A whole systems analysis of Estonian energy transition,” Political Geography 93 (March, 2022), 102544, pp. 1-13.
  43. Sovacool, BK, C Monyei, and P Upham. “Making the internet globally sustainable: Technical and policy options for improved energy management, governance and community acceptance of Nordic datacentres,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 154 (February, 2022), 111793, pp. 1-20.
  44. Sovacool, BK, C Daniels, and A AbdulRafiu. “Transitioning to electrified, automated and shared mobility in an African context: A comparative review of Johannesburg, Kigali, Lagos and Nairobi,” Journal of Transport Geography 98 (January, 2022), 103256, pp. 1-15.
  45. Sovacool, BK. “A perspective on treaties, maximum wages, and carbon currencies: Innovative policy instruments for global decarbonization,” Energy Policy 160 (January, 2022), 112702, pp. 1-7.
  46. Nuru, J, J Rhoades, and BK Sovacool. “Virtue or vice? Solar micro-grids and the dualistic nature of low-carbon energy transitions in rural Ghana,” Energy Research & Social Science 83 (January, 2022), 102352, pp. 1-10.