New funding will see the first ever national observatory on public engagement in energy and low carbon transitions established at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The observatory will look to monitor the variety of ways citizens engage with energy transitions on an ongoing basis. This could involve everything from everyday consumption through to protests and community action. The initiative is part of £22mn allocated to UK institutions to carry out research on the decarbonisation of key sectors, such as industry, transport and heat, as well as exploring the role of local, national and global changes in energy systems.
Professor Jason Chilvers, of the UEA’s School of Environmental Services, also set to become a co-director of UKERC and head of the new observatory, said: “The observatory will translate this evidence to improve how society is being engaged and how public views and actions are accounted for in addressing urgent problems of energy and climate change.”
This funding for the fourth phase of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) will allow for engineers, social scientists and natural scientists to conduct key research on global energy challenges and their implications for the UK on route to net zero.