The Citizen Action Lab (CAL) will be used in Norway as a method to collect knowledge on how “energy” is being embedded, perceived and used in daily rural life; and it will also explore and co-produce different experimental architecture-based solutions to support “good rural energy futures”.
Theme and objectives
Together with participants, we aim to:
To do so, the Norwegian Citizen Action Lab will focus on how alternative solutions to living arrangements can foster energy citizenship in rural areas, both for first and second homes.
The Norway Citizen Action Lab will be held in two different locations, Overhalla and Oppdal. In both cases, the aim is to work at the community level with a focus on the rural aspects of energy citizenship. We will start in Overhalla by involving young professionals to discuss their approaches, aspirations, and thoughts regarding energy citizenship in their homes, workplace and different social life’s spaces.
We will identify areas of change and involve them in a “design & build workshop” to try out new spaces and places as joint solutions supporting the local energy transition. In Oppdal, we will examine the second home phenomenon. We will involve second homeowners and other relevant local stakeholders to gain insights into how energy citizenship differs between a primary and secondary home.
For whom is it relevant – Potential participants
Local citizens, young professionals, second homeowners, public servants and policymakers, industry parks, local SMEs and research- partners
Main topics of discussion
We work with participative experimental architecture – ie. a micro-house – in two different rural contexts. Data will be collected through the process including participation, interviews, focus groups and surveys.
Event 1: Dialogue Workshop 1, group interview of young professionals at Skogmo Industry Park.
Event 2: Co-design an intervention with the local group.
Event 3: Invite to test-live a microhouse locally in Overhalla.
Event 4: Build a local intervention to establish a new public social space.
Event 5: Reflect and discuss with participants the role of energy citizenship, evaluation of projects and pinpointing future work.
Event 1: Recruitment workshop – Second home owners
Event 2: Microhouse sensor project at local makerspace
Event 3: Test-habitation: Microhouse as a cabin
Event 4: TBD
Co-organizers and other partners
NTNU and NSR
Skogmo Industry Park ,Overhalla Nasjonalparken Industry Park, and Oppdal and Overhalla local goverments
Stakeholder groups involved:
In Overhalla, we will work together with young professionals. We are particularly interested in getting female and immigrant young professionals involved.
In Oppdal, participants will comprise second-home owners and users, local entrepreneurs, and residents.
The Citizen Action Lab has been registered in the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD). The Citizen Action Lab will follow Norwegian and international standards on research ethics, and data management and protection. Participants will be asked to sign data processing consent forms in advance.