Energy Policy Group

ESMW co-sponsoring Prospective Energy Transitions workshop

Energy Security in a Multipolar World is co-sponsoring a two-day residential workshop, Past and Prospective Energy Transitions: Insights from Experience, to be held at Cardiff University, from 18-20 April 2011. This is a joint event involving the Low Carbon Research Institute (Cardiff University), the EPSRC/E.ON-funded Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy Research Consortium, and is facilitated by the UK Energy Research Centre’s Meeting Place (Oxford University).

The workshop will bring together approximately 30 invited researchers to develop a better understanding of prospective low carbon energy transitions. This event aims to develop insights and lessons from the analysis of past energy transitions that will inform thinking and policy for future UK and international transitions. Following this academic workshop, a London seminar will be organised to share policy insights with a decision-making audience.

Specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, methodological rigour and joint understanding in the analysis of past and prospective UK and international energy transitions, thereby enriching the analysis of low carbon transitions;
  2. Build a community of UK and international scholars, concerned with developing these approaches and insights, with a view to future interdisciplinary research collaboration
  3. Develop further research initiatives, associated particularly but not exclusively with the Energy Security in a Multipolar World research cluster;
  4. Inform and develop the capacities of early career researchers in this area; and
  5. Develop insights into past transitions that enhance the capacities of policy-makers in government and industry, academics and citizens, to address the challenges of low carbon transitions

The anticipated outputs from this workshop are:

  • A policy-oriented workshop report/discussion paper and presentations available on UKERC and partner websites. Journal article – a research policy paper
  • An edited book or special issue of a journal
  • Presentations/seminars by selected workshop participants to UK policy-related audiences
  • Potential sub-groups to develop research proposals.