Energy Research: Lower Carbon Futures
To move towards a lower carbon economy, we must understand the links between behaviour, technologies, policy formulation and markets. We have concentrated our research on energy at home and for personal transport, but we are increasingly working on broader issues, including infrastructures of energy supply and demand, governance, and the role of professions in constructing and managing buildings. Read more about how we work.
Energy, Behaviour and Society
Energy in Buildings
The energy in buildings theme encompasses work on low energy buildings and appliances, low-carbon housing refurbishment and energy management.
Energy and Transport
Research on energy and transport focuses on social and technological changes in transport, such as revitalising walking and cycling, low carbon vehicles and biofuels.
Infrastructure and Smart Grids
The infrastructure and smart grids research theme looks at the dynamics of national infrastructure and distributed energy resources (smart grids).
Policy, Equity, Security and Fuel Poverty
The policy, equity, security and fuel poverty theme investigates practices, supply chain, governance and policy related to energy systems, as well as carbon markets and futures analysis. ECI has also conducted extensive research on fuel poverty.
The renewable energy work at ECI includes research on small scale energy generation.
Watson, J., Fross, R., Ketsopoulou, I. and Winskel, M. (2014) UK Energy Strategies Under Uncertainty - Synthesis Report. UK Energy Research Centre, London.
Bradshaw, M., Butler, C., Demski, C., Ekins, P., Eyre, N., Gross, R., Holland, R., McGlade, C., Mitchell, C., Parkhill, K., Pidgeon, N., Skea, J., Spence, A. and Watson, J. (2014) UK Energy in a Global Context - Synthesis Report. UKERC, London.
Fawcett, T. and Killip, G. (2014) Anatomy of low carbon retrofits: evidence from owner-occupied Superhomes. Building Research and Information.
Berry, S., Sharp, A., Hamilton, J. and Killip, G. (2014) Inspiring low-energy retrofits: the influence of ‘open home’ events. Building Research and Information.
Janda, K. (2014) Building Communities and Social Potential: Between and Beyond Organisations and Individuals in Commercial Properties. Energy Policy, April 2014: 48-55.
Byers, E.A., Hall, J. and Amezaga, J.M. (2014) Electricity generation and cooling water use: UK pathways to 2050. Global Environmental Change.
Tran, M., Hall, J., et al. (2014) National infrastructure assessment: Analysis of options for infrastructure provision in Great Britain, Interim results. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
Tran, M. (2014) Modeling sustainability transitions on complex networks. Complexity.
Howarth, N.A.A. and Rosenow, J. (2014) Banning the bulb: Institutional evolution and the phased ban of incandescent lighting in Germany. Energy Policy.
Malek Al-Chalabi: 'Socio/technical research of personal transport use'
Iliana Cardenes Trujillo: 'Saving energy and saving water: a comparative study in policy and regulation'
Yingqui Li: 'Residential Demand Response (DR) in the UK: the potential in lowcarbon energy transformation, social implication and interaction with energy efficiency'
Jose Ramirez Mendiola: 'The Pathway to a sustainable enegery infrasturcture system'