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HoNESt News – Final edition

Dear readers,

The HoNESt project is reaching its end. Hence it is time to say thank you for your interest and participation in our activities.
It is also time to wrap up and flag our legacy.

HoNESt findings easily explained

HoNESt’s findings and lessons for policy makers are now available in a short animated film “Nuclear Energy and Societal Engagement in Europe” produced in conjunction with Explainity (TM):

It is also available from the front page of our website http://www.honest2020.eu

HoNESt’s final event in Brussels

We had a very fruitful final conference on 7th February 2019 in Brussels, entitled “Engagement with Nuclear Energy and Society: past, present and future”, where we presented and discussed our findings. The slides of the presentations on historical findings, the analysis of public perceptions and recommendations for public engagement can be found on our website.


In January and February 2019 HoNESt also organised a number of webinars on a variety of topics:

Slides and (where available) recordings of the respective webinars are available on the HoNESt website as well.

HoNESt Policy Brief

HoNESt’s research has never been research for its own sake. Hence we have sought to summarise key findings and policy recommendations in two policy briefs:

  • HoNESt Policy Brief I: What can we learn from studying the History of Nuclear Energy and Society in 20 countries? By Jan-Henrik Meyer, University of Copenhagen
  • HoNESt Policy brief II: Engagement futures for nuclear energy in Europe. By Matthew Cotton, University of York

They are equally available via our website.


HoNESt has contributed to our knowledge of the history of nuclear energy and society in Europe and the United states through peer-reviewed publications of international relevance, in international journals and as books. Some of them have just come out on different aspects of the project:

Books/Special issues (available on open access):

Kaijser, A., and J.-H. Meyer. (eds) "Siting Nuclear Installations at the Border. Special issue." Journal for the History of Environment and Society 3 (2018): 1-178. Accessible at: https://www.brepolsonline.net/toc/jhes/2018/3/+

Melnikova, N.V., Artemov, E.T., Bedel, A. E. Voloshin, N. P. Mikheev, M. V. The History of Interaction between Nuclear Energy and Society in Russia (in Russian and English). Ekaterinburg: Ural University Press 2018. Available from: http://www.ihist.uran.ru/news/428/_aview_b523.


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Arapostathis, S. and Fotopoulos, Y. (2019)"Transnational Energy Flows, Capacity Building and Greece's Quest for Energy Autarky, 1914-2010", Energy Policy 127 (March 2019), 39-50. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.022  

Bud, R. and Trischler, H. (2019) “A Public Technology: Nuclear Energy in Europe” History and Technology 35, https://doi.org/10.1080/07341512.2018.1570674

Kaijser, A. and Meyer, J-H. (2018) “’The World´s Worst Located Nuclear Power Plant‘: Danish and Swedish cross-border perspectives on the Swedish nuclear power plant Barsebäck.” Journal for the History of Environment and Society 3 (2018), 71-105. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JHES.5.116795   

Kaijser, A. and Meyer J-H. (2018) “Nuclear Installations at the Border. Transnational connections and international implications. An Introduction.” Journal for the History of Environment and Society 3, 1-32.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JHES.5.116793

Kirchhof, A. (2018) “East-West German Transborder Entanglements through the Nuclear Waste Sites in Gorleben and Morsleben”. Journal for the History of Environment and Society 3, 145-178, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JHES.5.116797

Rubio-Varas,  M.d.M., Carvalho, A. and Torre, J.d.l. (2018) “Siting (and mining) at the border: Spain-Portugal nuclear transboundary issues.” Journal for the History of Environment and Society 3, 33-69, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JHES.5.116794 .

Tchalakov, Ivan, and Tihomir Mitev. 2019. "Energy dependence behind the Iron Curtain: The Bulgarian experience." Energy Policy 126:47-56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.008

Engaging the Atom

We have signed a contract for a book putting together all of HoNESt’s findings. We are very happy that the book has been accepted into the rigorously peer-reviewed Energy and Society Series, edited by Brian Black.

Kaijser, A, Lehtonen, M., Meyer, J.-H., Rubio-Varas, M.d.M. (eds), Engaging the Atom. The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe from the 1950s to the Present (Energy and Society Series) (Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, forthcoming 2019).

More details on our publications as they will appear, can be taken from: http://www.honest2020.eu/publications

Even if the project will have ended, we hope that the insights from the project will help to inform a more reflexive and democratic engagement with citizens, and building on its interdisciplinary experience, inspire further research in the future.

Jan-Henrik Meyer, Work Package Manager for Dissemination and Engagement


This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 662268.

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