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.
- Grunewald, P., Hamilton, J., Mayne, R. and Beaudry, K. (2014) How community energy initiatives generate and distribute value.. BEHAVE Energy Conference, 3rd-4th September 2014, Oxford.
- Darby, S. (2014) Smart energy technologies in everyday life. Smart Utopia? Energy Research and Social Science, 1: 240-241.
- Kern, F., Smith, A., Shaw, C., Raven, R. and Verhees, B. (2014) From laggard to leader: Explaining offshore wind developments in the UK. Energy Policy, 69: 635-646.
- Janda, K.B. and Moezzi, M. (2014) Broadening the Energy Savings Potential of People: From Technology and Behavior to Citizen Science and Social Potential. Proceedings of ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-22, 2014 (Asilomar, CA). Vol. 7, pp. 133-146. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
- Janda, K.B., Killip, G. and Fawcett, T. (2014) Reducing Carbon from the “Middle-Out”: The Role of Builders in Domestic Refurbishment. Buildings, 4(4): 911-936.
- Hobson, K., Hamilton, J. and Mayne, R. (2014) Monitoring and evaluation in UK low-carbon community groups: benefits, barriers and the politics of the local. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.
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'