Our consortium brings together 4 leading interdisciplinary research institutes with 3 highly respected policy, industry and communications organisations from across the energy-SSH field, to create an innovative and inclusive Forum. Our partners’ have significant energy-SSH H2020 project experience, direct working links with the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) communities, extensive networks in the energy domain, and represent excellent coverage across SSH disciplines and across Europe.
The Energy-SHIFTS consortium includes:
The lead department from ARU involved in this project is the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI).
The GSI was established by ARU in 2011 and has built a reputation for high impact publications across a broad range of sustainability issues. It is focused on the development of practical solutions to sustainability-related challenges, through the delivery of rigorous academic research. The GSI is part of the £6m ESRC Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, has won grants from five of the UK research councils, is currently co-ordinating three EU projects, and received recognition for world-leading research and impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The Centre engages in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on topics such as energy and climate policy, energy efficiency and energy consumption, development of renewable energy, public perceptions of and engagement with climate change and sustainable energy, climate adaption, sustainable cities and transport, and strategies towards sustainability transitions. The Centre is a major partner in the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES), a national social science research centre for environmentally friendly energy, which brings together researchers from several institutes and universities across Norway. The Centre is also involved in the Centre for Intelligent Electricity Distribution (CINELDI) and The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN). Further, it participates in several projects funded by Horizon 2020.
DRIFT at the Erasmus University Rotterdam is a leading institute in the field of Sustainability Transitions, Transition Governance and Transformative Research. Founded in 2004, it combines cutting edge research on sustainability transitions, policy, governance and (social) innovation, with high-level consultancy and training programs for governmental institutions, businesses, and intermediary organisations.
DRIFT has a long track record of national and international research and advisory collaborations resulting in an extensive pan-European network. It has both coordinated and partnered on a number of EU and nationally funded research projects. Typical topics include sustainability transitions in specific domains such as energy (e.g. TRAPESES, PROSEU), urban and regional sustainability transitions (e.g. ARTS, InContext, GUST, SMART-U-GREEN, URBES), and transformative social innovation (e.g. TRANSIT, SIC).
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) gathers more than 250 public research centres, universities and associated industrial partners, working together in 16 joint research programmes (the EERA Joint Programmes). The Alliance is one of the cornerstones of the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). EERA has fostered the creation of national energy research alliances in several European countries to build a coordinated energy research community to accelerate the time-to-market for low carbon technologies. The Joint Programme for Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts (JP e3s) is very active within EERA. The different topics tackled in this Joint Programme are: public perception and engagement, analysis of innovation support for low-carbon technologies, Life Cycle Approach for evaluating the sustainability performance of energy technologies, energy models for a system assessment of European low-carbon energy futures: markets, environmental and economic impacts, and sustainable low-carbon platform. Two member organisations (TECNALIA and VTT) belonging to JP e3s will contribute to Energy-SHIFTS as EERA linked third parties.
Acento is a communications company committed to innovation based in Granada. The team is made up of professionals and experts in journalism, media & online communication, graphic design, filming & producing, computing and translation. Their experience in European projects will assure the success of the tasks that we will lead on. Acento’s team will use their considerable expertise in designing innovative and engaging media to lead on all communication, dissemination and exploitation activities. They now specialize in the creation of digital content, apps, visual identity and dissemination of results for companies and institutions. Acento has strong ties with several research groups from the Universities of Granada and Málaga.
Acento has been responsible for a range of different communication and dissemination activities in the SHAPE ENERGY project. As Task Leaders for ‘Online presence’ and ‘Marketing collateral’
Jagiellonian University is a top research university in Poland. The academic level of the University is indicated by the fact that almost every faculty has received category 1, the highest, in the official rankings of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Junior academics and doctors from the Jagiellonian annually receive over 10% of the prestigious grants awarded by the National Science Centre in recognition of the level of their scientific research. Researchers from Jagiellonian University are involved in numerous researches referring to social change, public policies and social factors in system transitions.
E3G is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working in the public interest to accelerate the transition to sustainable development. E3G builds cross-sector coalitions to achieve carefully defined outcomes chosen for their capacity to leverage change. Focusing on climate change and clean energy policy, E3G works closely with like-minded partners in government, politics, business, civil society, science, the media and public interest foundations. E3G has a horizontal structure and operates as a distributed network of offices, each of which has its own dedicated programmes. Additionally, each office contributes to and supports programmes run out of other offices in order to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire operation and to make the most out of the E3G expertise.