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Helen Poulter

Helen Poulter
Name
Dr Helen Poulter
Department
Science Technology and Innovation Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Address
Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
Telephone
07444036044
Email
Research Interests
Sustainability, Climate change and energy policy, Behaviour Change Interventions, Decentralisation, energy justice, Regulation and innovation
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/science_technology_and_innovation_studies/helen_poulter

Biography

I am an interdisciplinary research fellow with a background in land management, renewable energy engineering and energy governance.  I am currently working on a UKERC project investigating the use of customer engagement strategies in the regulation of monopoly energy networks and how customer engagement may need to be framed for an increasingly decentralised energy system.

Research

Research Interests

Sustainability, Climate change and energy policy, Behaviour Change Interventions, Decentralisation, energy justice, Regulation and innovation

Research Overview

My research is primarily concerned with the governance of local and regional energy systems.  I am investigating the role of regulation in meeting the UK net-zero target which will require an increase in trust from customers towards the energy industry and institutions to ensure a fair and just transition.

Current Projects

UKERC Theme 2 - Local and regional energy systems: Investigating regulatory governance for decentralisation

Completed Projects

IGov2 - Innovation for future energy systems (PhD funding)

UKERC mini project - Governance for disruption and continuity

Publications

Poulter, H. 2020. Australia: from central electricity to solar/storage systems. In: Burger, C et al (eds.), Decentralised Energy. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bcf.c 

Judson, E., Fitch-Roy, O., Pownall, T., Bray, R., Poulter, H., Soutar, I., R. Lowes, P.M. Connor, J.Britton, B.Woodman, Mitchell, C. (2020). The centre cannot (always) hold: Examining pathways towards energy system de-centralisation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.109499

UKERC. (2019). Disrupting the UK energy system : causes, impacts and policy implications, (June), 40.