Anaïs Varo

University of Girona

Anaïs is a PhD researcher in Political Science at the University of Girona. Her research focuses on institutional and governance innovation, as well as policy innovation, in the energy sector and its link to the fight against energy poverty and energy inequalities in an ecological transition scenario. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Use of evidence in energy policy: the roles, capacities and expectations of Social Sciences & Humanities (hosted by Anglia Ruskin University and the European University Association), which closely complements her doctoral research.

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Agnete Hessevik

University of Bergen

Agnete is a PhD researcher at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen, and is also affiliated with the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation. Her PhD project is about understanding the social and political processes in the Norwegian context that relate to the transition to low and zero emission shipping. She focuses on how public and private actors join together in formal networks to develop low carbon maritime transport solutions. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Creating inclusive engagement in low carbon transport solutions, hosted by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Jagiellonian University..

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Boris Gotchev

Technical University of Munich

Boris is a PhD researcher at the Chair for Energy and Environmental Climate Policy, TUM School of Governance in Munich. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in the research project “Democratic (RE)Configurations of Sustainability Transformation” (DERE). His research investigates how Community Energy networks advocate for policy reform in European energy governance. Within Energy-SHIFTS he is supporting a workshop on Use of evidence in energy policy: the roles, capacities and expectations of Social Sciences & Humanities (hosted by Anglia Ruskin University and the European University Association) and is excited to discuss how social science perspectives contribute to a better understanding of transformative change in energy research and policy-making.

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Vivian Visser

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Vivian is a PhD researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Sociology and Public Administration. Her research focuses on “invitational governance” – i.e. governments that actively stimulate, invite and welcome citizen participation and initiatives – as a way to mobilize (innovative) forces in society, and the role of “invited spaces” in tackling challenges such as energy transitions. Within Energy-SHIFTS she has supported a workshop on social innovations for energy transitions (hosted by DRIFT with Energy Cities) – read her insights in the blogpost: Social innovation for energy transitions.

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Sarah Glück

Zeppelin University

Sarah is a PhD researcher at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and a Fellow in the EnergyCultures research group, which is interested in the mutual linking of energy with social order and culture (= energy cultures), the search for more sustainable energy cultures, and how such a cultural change can be influenced. Her PhD project is about energy future narratives and the making of Europe, focusing on research and innovation governance processes within the EU. The SET-Plan defines the key priorities of EU energy research funding; hence, SSH topics need to be integrated into those priorities to enable a transition of energy cultures in Europe. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Use of evidence in energy policy: the roles, capacities and expectations of Social Sciences & Humanities (hosted by Anglia Ruskin University and the European University Association).

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Olena Nedozhogina

University of Tartu

Olena is a PhD candidate and an early career researcher at the University of Tartu (Estonia), Institute of Social Studies, with an interest in digital humanities, social practice change and political marginalization. Olena is also an analyst and a project-manager working with European projects in the areas of SSH integration, and is currently focusing on researching issues of populism, migration and socio-political marginalisation in carbon-intensive regions. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Carbon intensive EU regions – How Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) can contribute to the acceleration of a truly just transition (organised by E3G and co-hosted with Bankwatch and Jagiellonian University).

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Ami Crowther

University of Manchester

Ami is a PhD researcher at the School of Education, Environment and Development, University of Manchester. Her PhD topic focuses on the governance of distributed energy systems, with a consideration of associated justice implications. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Carbon intensive EU regions – How Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) can contribute to the acceleration of a truly just transition (organised by E3G and co-hosted with Bankwatch and Jagiellonian University). The workshop relates to her research interests as it draws upon key themes embedded within her research, of energy transitions, social justice and the diversity of associated actors.

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Mariëlle Feenstra

University Twente

Mariëlle is a PhD researcher at the University Twente, Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, working on “Gender-aware energy policy: towards a just energy transition”. Her academic interest is combined with her experience as a European policy advisor for municipalities. Social inclusion, gender equality and the energy transition are the core of her policy design research. Within Energy-SHIFTS she is supporting a workshop on Creating inclusive engagement in low carbon transport solutions, hosted by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Jagiellonian University.

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Bryony Parrish

University of Sussex

Bryony is a PhD Researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex. Her PhD research investigates UK residential user engagement with hybrid heat pumps and demand response, and considers how users learn about new energy technologies and the implications for decarbonisation. Social innovation in energy is relevant to her PhD research because part of user learning about new technologies might be the emergence of new practices, but it’s also a topic she is interested in learning about more broadly because she believes that technology alone won’t produce the transformation that’s required to address climate change. Within Energy-SHIFTS she has supported a workshop on social innovations for energy transitions (hosted by DRIFT with Energy Cities).

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