School of Social and Political Science

Energy and Society research group


Energy and society is a network of University of Edinburgh social scientists whose research and innovation engage the multidisciplinary global challenges posed by energy transitions.


Our research recognises that energy technologies and systems are social as well as technical. Global energy challenges demand attention to institutions and organisations, to nation states and markets, to cities and villages, to the knowledge and practices of experts as well as end users, to ethics, values and interests.

Our work is driven by a commitment to public engagement worldwide. We work to inform government decision-making by influencing planning and policy processes, to develop participatory methodologies and good practice principles for engaging with communities, and to bring social science insights to industry partners in the UK and Europe, as well as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

We are funded by, among others, the Research Councils UK, the UK and Scottish Governments, the UK Energy Research Centre and the Energy Technologies Institute.

Visit our Energy and Society website for more information.