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World Development Within Planetary Boundaries

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30

The Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES) and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) are delighted to invite you to join us at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK for the CES Annual Roland Clift Lecture which is presented this year by Professor Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. 

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INHERIT baseline report

By Robert Lyons on 20th September 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

In this report, the INHERIT team explores the opportunities for change across Europe which can facilitate progress towards triple-win scenarios. The report investigates the links between behaviour, environmental sustainability, health and health equity for three inter-related sectors: living (green space, housing), moving (active transport) and consuming (food).

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Why the world needs anthropologists: powering the planet

By Robert Lyons on 1st August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 13:00

The fifth edition of the annual symposium, Why the World Needs Anthropologists, explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

A study has evaluated three types of media campaign conducted by a large UK supermarket to encourage shoppers to reduce their food waste. These used social media, an e-newsletter and a print/digital magazine, respectively. Although they all appeared to lead to reductions in food waste to some extent, similar behavioural changes were also seen for customers who had not participated in any of the campaigns.

A new report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2015, identifies which low income households are the most vulnerable from the detrimental effects of living in cold homes, and which are in the greatest need of a home energy efficiency intervention. The research also tested the potential reach and impact of a new energy efficiency scheme using a number of different annual budgets.

Applications now open for 2017 CIED Summer School

By Robert Lyons on 1st February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 17:00

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) Summer School, which takes place on 10-12 July 2017 at the University of Sussex, will provide a unique opportunity to highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to hear from leading thinkers in the fields of innovation and energy demand. Researchers will also take part in collaborative learning and participatory activities and meet other research students and early career researchers from around the world.

This study presents results from a smart metering intervention that provided detailed individual desk-based energy feedback to help individuals reduce energy in an organisation. Although the intervention was based on the study of individuals, this paper explores how the technology was socialised, and was set to explore changes in normative influence (descriptive and injunctive norms) around specific energy services, before and after the intervention.

New papers on energy transition research

By Robert Lyons on 6th December 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The journal Energy Research & Social Science has published a set of new research papers examining the political, sociological and psychological aspects of a transition to new energy systems. The papers cover questions around evaluation, measurement, behaviour change and more.

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Smart prepayment and fuel poverty

By Editor on 26th October 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report, written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy for Eaga Charitable Trust and Citizen’s Advice, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of the growing use of smart prepayment (PPM) meters on fuel poverty, in particular amongst households already using conventional PPMs, a group that historically has been poorly served by the energy market. 

A new paper by Caroline Wilson and Melissa Marselle, published in Energy Research & Social Science, examines the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) as a possible aid to developing behaviour change to reduce energy consumption.  The researchers mapped components of behaviour change programmes, as identified in four EU guidance documents, onto the BCW.  Most components were readily coded to the BCW framework, with energy price being the only main component under-represented.  Based on this work, they believe that the BCW offers a useful aid for the systematic design and development aro

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