Energy-SHIFTS: Energy Social Sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan

Posted on 16.12.2021 - 16:59
Energy-SHIFTS – “Energy Social sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan” – responded to the latest phase of the EC’s support for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) research at the EU policy level. As is now widely recognised, rapid technological uptake is not the only factor in moving towards low-carbon energy systems. Critical social issues must be centrally considered from the earliest stages, including: democratic inclusion, burden-sharing, participation beyond niche groups, transformative governance, social acceptability, cultures, pervasive values, ethical responsibilities, etc.

The Energy-SHIFTS Forum has enhanced dialogue and cooperation between energy-SSH stakeholders to improve policy relating to the EU Energy Union. Our inclusive and engaging Forum – working with academia, policy, citizens, industry, NGOs, and media – facilitated collaborative knowledge generation and SSH-led debate on how energy challenges can be addressed through policies that place societal needs more centrally.

During this work, we produced a number of streams of data, including 40 interviews as part of our Working Groups, and surveys of hundreds of SSH scholars across Europe. Interview and survey protocols were also published by the project (see reference).


Energy-SHIFTS consortium (2021): Energy-SHIFTS: Energy Social Sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan. Anglia Ruskin University. Collection.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 826025


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