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Holly Caggiano

University of British Columbia

Based in

North America

Holly’s research focuses on pathways to broad public support for utility-scale renewable energy projects across the US. Her work explores the formation of local and regional stakeholder coalitions and the narratives they form around a clean energy transition in relation to economic revitalization, labor organization, and notions of procedural and distributional justice. Drawing on her interdisciplinary social science background, Holly is interested in how different actors define and envision a ‘just transition’, working to identify policy frameworks that enable rapid, equitable decarbonization.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Canada

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy Public opinion

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Visit Dr. Caggiano’s Google Scholar for updated publications.

Caggiano, H., Landau, L.F. “A new framework for imagining the climate commons? The case of a Green New Deal in the US.” Planning Theory, November 24, 2021.

Floress, K., Shwom, R., Caggiano, H., Slattery, J., Cuite, C., Schelly C., Halvorsen, K.E. “Food, Energy, and Water Consumption Behaviors among Adults in the United States: A Values-Beliefs-Norms Investigation.” In press. Energy Research and Social Science, (October 2021).

Caggiano, H.B, Kumar, P., Shwom, R., Cuite, C., Axsen, J. “Explaining green technology purchases by US and Canadian households: the role of pro-environmental lifestyles, values, and environmental concern.” Energy Efficiency 14, 46 (May 2021).

Caggiano, H. “Build Back Better’s Big Challenge: Human Behavior.” Scientific American, November 16, 2021.

Caggiano, H. “Could COVID-19 inspire real climate action?” Medium, Environment, March 15, 2020.