European Journal of Spatial Development 2024-05-21T07:00:27+00:00 EJSD Editors Open Journal Systems <p><a title="EJSD" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><em>European Journal of Spatial Development</em></strong> (<strong>EJSD</strong>)</a> is an open access journal providing high-quality scientific contributions to spatial planning, regional development, policy making and governance, from European and EU-related perspectives.</p> <p><strong>EJSD</strong> serves as a platform for critical academics and spatial development professionals to share cutting edge research. It publishes original contributions focusing on the multiple ways in which spatial development is coordinated, governed, and institutionalised at various scales, places and territories.</p> <p>The journal is located within the subject area of Social Sciences, and predominantly linked to the subject categories of Spatial Planning and Development, Urban Studies, and Geography. Nonetheless, based on the journal’s multidisciplinary outlook, <strong>EJSD</strong> welcomes contributions from other fields if they explicitly contribute to research on European spatial development. </p> <p><strong>EJSD</strong> shares the vision expressed in the <a title="Berlin Declaration" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Berlin Declaration</a> on "<em>Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities</em>". <strong>EJSD</strong> signed the Declaration on 2024/02/29.</p> Collective energy actions to pursue a just transition. 2024-02-15T14:51:47+00:00 Martina Massari Saveria Olga Murielle Boulanger Danila Longo <p style="font-weight: 400;">The EU recent energy policies aim to rapidly transition to a sustainable and citizen-centric energy system. However, most regulations do not fully acknowledge the social aspect of the energy transition. The relationship between collective energy action (energy citizenship) and the just transition framework requires further examination. This paper aims to explore the relationship between just transition and energy citizenship in Southern European collective energy actions, showcasing their association and varied impacts based on agency dynamics, contextual factors, and governance models. It also proposes new tools and analytical lenses to assess and govern place-based collective energy actions, complementing policy-making efforts.</p> 2024-03-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Martina Massari, Saveria Olga Murielle Boulanger, Danila Longo Fostering Energy Justice through Decentralised Transition: The Case of Energy Communities in Greece 2024-05-21T07:00:27+00:00 Maria Margosi Giorgos Koukoufikis <p>This paper explores the potential of Energy Communities (ECs) as a conduit for achieving energy justice and a just transition in Greece’s energy sector and promote socio-economic development. It provides an overview of the relevant framework of climate governance strategies, positioning the role of ECs in these. The paper presents a comprehensive country-level survey (n &gt; 1000) investigating Greek households’ perceptions of energy justice, their awareness of and attitudes towards ECs, and their willingness to participate in or invest in ECs. The findings highlight the challenges and opportunities of ECs in Greece’s energy transition and suggest the need for increased public awareness, equitable energy policies, and inclusive decision-making processes. In the context of the ongoing energy transition in Greece, the article argues that energy communities although possessing a valuable agency and mobilise a widely accepted discourse that can contribute to a just transition promoting social and environmental justice, require further institutional enablers in order to challenge the structure of the current socio-economic status quo.</p> 2024-05-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024