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Centre for Integrated Energy Research

Socio-technical Perspectives and Transitions in an Energy Context

In all our work, we integrate social and technical perspectives to address energy-related research questions. In order to integrate these perspectives in a rigorous and effective manner, we also develop a range of underpinning tools and theoretical frameworks. By playing an active role in developing a strong theoretical grounding to integrated energy research, whilst delivering more applied research, we are able to develop a virtuous cycle. In this cycle, the underpinning theory informs our more applied research, and our more applied research informs the development of our theory. For further details please contact Professor Peter Taylor (p.g.taylor@leeds.ac.uk).

Realising Transition Pathways; CIER Lead - Professor Peter Taylor; Sponsor - RCUK Energy Programme.

The project will extend the work of the Transition Pathways project, in which an innovative collaboration between engineers, social scientists and policy analysts developed and analysed a set of 'transition pathways' towards a UK low carbon electricity system. The pathways aimed to meet the UK's target of an 80% cut on 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The pathways aimed to meet the UK's target of an 80% cut on 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Houses of Parliament at dusk

The aim of the new project is to explore what needs to be done to achieve a transition that successfully addresses the energy policy 'trilemma', i.e. the simultaneous delivery of low carbon, secure and affordable energy services. It focuses on electricity, but in a context that includes the electrical provision of heat and transport, and key EU developments and policies. The project will inform thinking and decision-making about technological and behavioural developments, and the roles of key energy system 'actors', governance arrangements and regulations in a low carbon transition.