The EU has outlined ambitions to be the first climate-neutral continent, with multiple strategies, initiatives, and directives being developed to support this. The EU Green Deal provides a roadmap for achieving the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition, outlining priority areas of action, including climate, energy and mobility. Both innovation and achieving a just transition underpin the roadmap.
Truly innovative interdisciplinary research that integrates SSH and STEM disciplines equally (and/or in ways that fundamentally challenge the status quo) could play a fundamental role in Europe achieving its strategic Green Deal ambitions. We are therefore eager to create opportunities for novel interdisciplinary collaborations, especially those that have significant potential for guiding policy/governance interventions, but would likely not emerge without some small resourcing.
The SSH CENTRE is funding 30 interdisciplinary collaborative teams, with each team working together to develop a single policy recommendation related to the EU’s policy portfolios on either climate, energy or mobility. To support these interdisciplinary partnerships, each collaborative team will have two joint-corresponding authors, one from SSH and one from STEM. Up to €7,500 will be available to each collaborative team to develop a headline policy recommendation. Each team will need to write a book chapter of around 3,000 words (including the reference list), which substantiates their policy recommendation. Recommendations may act as the starting point for further research/engagement, and/or be a prompt for priority dialogues which need to occur.
The funded collaborative work that underlies this recommendation and the chapter’s discussion is intentionally flexible.
Examples of activities that could be undertaken include (but are very much not limited to): literature reviews, documentary analyses, horizon scanning, participatory evaluations, modelling, visiting fellowships, seminar series, stakeholder workshops, etc.
The 30 policy recommendations will be submitted to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, as part of the SSH CENTRE’s remit to provide interdisciplinary policy advice to the European Commission, and will be published across three thematic open access books (one on each of Climate, Energy and Mobility). Alongside the chapters written by the collaborative teams, the three books will include a number of Forewords and Afterwords, likely written by high-profile individuals within the EU policy making community.
A virtual symposium will take place on Tuesday 10th October 2023, where representatives from the 30 collaborative teams will have the opportunity to present initial thoughts and receive support in writing-up their chapter.