Using novel social science methods for interdisciplinary energy transition research

08 February 2018
Energy Efficiency
Low-carbon energy supply

Luis Zamarioli of Climate Analytics and Tessa Dunlop of the JRC presented the MAGIC project at the first SHAPE ENERGY sandpits event in Turin on 8-9 February 2018. They joined over 30 attendees from other European H2020 and FP7 projects at the two-day event focused on “Energy efficiency and using less” and “ Competitive, secure, low carbon energy supply”.  SHAPE-ENERGY's sandpits are aimed at: reflecting on current direction and task in individual projects; generating concrete ideas for increasing impacts on society; experiencing innovative methods of interdisciplinary and cross-sector working within energy and transport projects; meeting cross-Europeans collaborators in a stimulating environment and generating future project ideas for progressing energy related topics.

'Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy' (SHAPE-ENERGY) represents a new European platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (energy-SSH). Energy-SSH has played less of a role to date in shaping (European) energy policy than Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.The European Commission aims to support better integration of energy-SSH into the policy process. SHAPE ENERGY’s outputs directly feed into the work of the European Commission’s strategy unit with responsibility for energy research and innovation. The platform works across four inter-related energy topics: (1) Energy efficiency and using less; (2) Competitive, secure, low-carbon energy supply; (3) Energy system optimisation and smart technologies; and (4) Transport decarbonisation.