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SSPS Researchers Secure Over £1,000,000 in Funding

A team of SSPS researchers has received just over £1,000,000 in research funding from the EPSRC (The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as part of their investment in energy saving and climate change mitigation. 

The first research project to benefit, Reframing Energy Demand, has been awarded £600,000 in funding and is led by Professor Janette Webb (Sociology), Dr David Hawkey (Sociology), Dr Ronan Bolton (STIS) and Dr Mark Winskel (STIS). It will compare British, Danish and German policy and practice in energy consumption and emissions in cities. This research responds to government targets to end greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 2050, and will study the interaction of innovations in technologies and markets to understand how to create efficient, affordable and sustainable heating.

Local Engagement in Energy Systems Development, a second project funded by EPSRC and ETI, has received £300,000, with Professor Janette Webb, Dr David Hawkey and Mags Tingey (Sociology) at the helm. This project will research energy management and investment at a local level in order to gain insight into the innovative approaches to governance and business operation being developed, and their potential for improving the security, affordability and efficiency of UK energy systems. Results will contribute to dialogue about future energy supply and its relationship to our existing centralised gas and electricity networks, markets and energy corporations.

The Scottish Government has also provided £26,000 of funding to increase the take up of research findings about social and technical innovation for sustainable heating in cities. These knowledge exchange activities will increase the impact of social research on energy, and are led by Professor Janette Webb and Dr David Hawkey. The project will support the Scottish Cities Alliance in the development of sustainable heating, and will work with the EC Intelligent Energy Europe STRATEGO project. 

A further project, with EPSRC funding of £600,000 as part of its Data-Driven Sociotechnical Energy Management in Public Sector Buildings programme, will analyse non-domestic energy use in the City of Edinburgh and our own University to determine how consumption can be managed more sustainably. This is led by Nigel Goddard, Informatics, Janette Webb (Sociology) and Kate Carter (Architecture).

Congratulations to all involved!
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