Call for Applications – Book Chapter Contributions from Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Strengthening European energy policy: Governance recommendations from innovative interdisciplinary collaborations
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 related to energy.Within current energy policy, the need to address both supply and demand parts of the energy system to support the achievement of a climate-neutral EU is considered. The EU’s Fit for 55 package focuses on reducing EU emissions by at least 55% by 2030, with legislation and initiatives developed to support this.
The SSH CENTRE is funding 10 interdisciplinary collaborative teams, up to €7,500, to develop a headline policy recommendation related to EU energy policy. To support these interdisciplinary partnerships, each collaborative team will have 2 joint-corresponding authors, one from SSH and one from STEM. Each team will need to write a book chapter of around 3,000 words (including the reference list), which substantiates their policy recommendation.
The funded collaborative work that underlies the recommendation and the chapter’s discussion is intentionally flexible. The only requirements are that 1) the activities (and associated policy recommendation) use interdisciplinary insights spanning SSH and STEM, and 2) the policy recommendation moves beyond simply highlighting a failure which needs to be addressed. As such, recommendations may act as the starting point for further research, or highlight the priority dialogues which need to occur.
Examples of potential energy-related topics which could be addressed through these policy recommendations include (but are not limited to):
- The consequences of techno-economic interventions (e.g. efficiency upgrades, smart infrastructures etc.) for people’s lived experiences
- The development of energy models that better capture human behaviours and behaviours of key actors in the system
- The use of energy modelling (e.g. energy systems modelling, energy forecasting etc. to challenge mainstream societal and business model assumptions (e.g. energy transition in a post-growth economy, non-for-profit business models for electricity and heating & cooling, energy scenario planning and consultation, technical/technological feasibility studies)
- The power dynamics within stakeholder communities, and how these materialise in low-carbon energy technologies, infrastructures and societal practices
- The evaluation of the visions/forecasts presented for future energy systems and the role of these in achieving low-carbon energy systems
- The opportunities for co-creation, in e.g. democratising Europe’s energy systems
- The unpacking of assumptions, biases, politics and/or expectations embedded in technologies, engagement approaches, modelling evidence, etc. for low-carbon energy systems
- The identification of barriers (e.g. industrial capacities, deficit of skills) to engaging with alternative low-carbon energy systems and technological configurations
- The reinvigoration (and/or broadening) of social acceptance approaches that ensure participation in low-carbon energy transformations (relating to e.g. CCS, energy storage, hydrogen, etc.)
- The synergies and controversies between energy supply-side and demand-side policies, and the implications and possibilities for e.g. energy communities
- The relationship between the achievement of low-carbon energy systems and crises for both social and natural systems.
- The opportunities for pursuing non-energy policies (e.g. policies in education, health, social care, etc.) to achieve reductions in societal energy demand
- How the daily work of professionals influence, and are influenced by, low-carbon transformations
- The role of trust and ethics in achieving low-carbon transitions, and questions related to the (perceived) legitimacy of processes
- The potential opportunities (or constraints) for addressing energy poverty through actions to support low-carbon energy transformations
- The connections between social innovation and large-scale infrastructure energy projects, e.g. European energy system integration
- The institutional and policy support required to support the investment in clean energy over fossil fuel infrastructure (e.g. reserving subsidies)