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Wind power and the cost to your home

Feature | 17 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

New research into the impact of wind farms carried out by professor stephen gibbons at the esrc-funded spatial economics research centre is the first to demonstrate a link between wind farm visibility and house prices.

The cost of being green

Feature | 04 December 2013 | General public, Press/media

As renewable energy generation grows in popularity, how are wind farms affecting local house prices?

Predicting the cost of energy

Feature | 25 November 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

The methods for forecasting energy costs are improving, but with the complexities involved the key challenge is to communicate how uncertain the estimates are, concludes a new report from the uk energy research centre.

Simplifying uk energy policies

Feature | 15 November 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Esrc-funded research shows that fewer and less complex charges for carbon emissions would cut costs and make the system more effective.

Home improvement - best time for energy efficiency

Feature | 18 October 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media

Homeowners planning to renovate their kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces are an untapped market for energy efficiency service providers, according to a new report from the esrc-funded uk energy research centre.

Less opposition to nuclear power

Feature | 24 September 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Opposition to nuclear power in the uk has fallen since 2005, despite incidents such as the 2011 meltdown at the fukushima reactor, according to research findings from the uk energy research centre.

Facing the fears of fracking

Feature | 07 August 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

People remain negative about hydrocarbons and controversial 'fracking' extraction, and do not see shale gas or other forms of unconventional fossil fuel as the solution to either energy security or climate change.

Public support for energy transformation

Feature | 16 July 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

There is widespread public support for a cleaner, fairer and more efficient production and provision of energy in the uk, according to research from the esrc-supported uk energy research centre.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Climate change downgrade in the recession

Feature | 04 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

As we enter climate week, poll results have revealed that public concern about environmental issues and climate change has sunk to a 20-year low since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Case Studies

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Low carbon technology to developing countries

Case Study | 15 July 2010 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Policy recommendations from the sussex energy group have shaped the uk government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the chilean and indian governments on technology transfer policies.

Environmental law website

Case Study | 15 October 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by esrc researchers at cardiff university, working in partnership with the uk environment law association.

Calculating carbon footprints

Case Study | 15 October 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop pas 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.

Press Releases

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Infrastructure decisions now a matter of 'life and death'

Press Release | 28 October 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media

Carbon-neutral planning and design needs to be embedded in infrastructure decisions now if we are to achieve a low carbon economy within 30 years, claims keith clarke cbe. Mr clarke will make this claim in a debate to be held during the economic and ...

When it comes to the environment, education affects our actions

Press Release | 21 March 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Data from findings from understanding society, the world’s largest household panel survey, show that people with degrees are 25 per cent more likely, on average, than people with no education qualifications to adopt pro-environmental behaviours, at l ...

Renewable energy needs more community power

Press Release | 10 September 2010 | General public, Press/media

The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the uk, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

Press Release | 12 March 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The winner of the 2010 economic and social research council (esrc) knowledge transfer partnership prize for the best application of social or management science has saved the bradford and airedale teaching primary care trust (pct) an estimated £350,0 ...

Greening existing homes - a herculean task says report

Press Release | 14 April 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

A new joint economic and social research council and technology strategy board publication highlights the need to focus on improving the energy efficiency of millions of buildings in britain that will still be standing in 2050.

Plants are political hot potatoes

Press Release | 25 February 2009 | Policymakers, Press/media

A group of leading uk scientists and social scientists led by the esrc genomics forum, based at the university of edinburgh, calls for joined-up thinking on the emerging politics of plants.


Most recent grants

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The food-energy-climate change trilemma: developing a neo-polanyian analysis

Professor Mark Harvey | Economic Sociology | 31 December 2013

The world is facing three unprecedented challenges: anthropogenic climate change the depletion of finite energy and material resources a growing population with increasing and changing demand for food. These three problems are deeply interconnected ...

Innovating for a low carbon economy

Dr Pelin Demirel | 01 December 2013

This seminar series  adopts a multi-dimensional and multidisciplinary perspective to address six different but interrelated topics to discuss the challenges and major choices for environmental innovation in the next four decades as the uk underg ...

Low carbon innovation in china - prospects, politics and practice

Distinguished Professor John Urry | Sociology | 01 December 2013

China's efforts towards low-carbon transition matter profoundly for the whole world.   going beyond issues of technology alone, this project explores the prospects for transition understood from a broader systems perspective, acknowledging their ...

Monitoring and evaluation for sustainable communities

Dr Kersty Hobson | 01 December 2013

The activities and projects of uk low carbon community groups (lccgs) do achieve notable resource/energy savings and behaviour changes. However, gathering data on lccgs outcomes and impacts is both pressing and challenging, for lccgs themselves, and ...

Counter-piracy governance: a praxiographic analysis

Dr Christian Bueger | Security Studies | 09 November 2013

Maritime piracy is  back on the agenda of world politics. How is the international community responding to piracy and what makes it so difficult to address the problem? this three year research project analyses the international response to cont ...

Administrative data research centre - scotland

Dr Christopher Dibben | 01 November 2013

The administrative data research centre (adrc) - scotland aims to make research and make available de-identified administrative data to the research community. The adrc will have a core service that will: provide state-of-the-art facilities for rese ...


Most recent outputs

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Towards independence?

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other publication/report

Article written by nicola mcewen for the esrc magazing 'society now' in which she analyses the scottish government’s white paper scotland’s future. Nicola mcewen highlights that the case for independence is built around three inter-linked themes: dem ...

Bbc one reporting scotland

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Audio/video recording

Nicola mcewen was interviewed for the report on scotland of bbc one on the uncertain consequences of a yes vote.

Small states in europe

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop

Nicola mcewen contributed as chair to a seminar organised by michael keating on small states in europe. Discussions focused on capacities and constraints of small states to influence decisions taken in eu institutions. Nicola also kicked-off the disc ...

Independence debate

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Seminar/workshop

Presentation at the politics and international department's lecture series on the independence debate and the impact independence may have on scottish-uk relations. The event also served to present the different projects that were part of the applica ...

Who will decide the referendum outcome?

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Other

Blog post written by nicola mcewen following speculations about voters from firth of scotland having a decisive influence on the referendum outcome. She argues that demographic factors will offer little in explaining why people will vote yes or no th ...

Independence: a renewed partnership of the isles

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Organised event

Nicola mcewen organised an event featuring a keynote speech by the deputy first minister, nicola sturgeon at the playfair library hall in edinburgh. The speech was followed by a response given by nicola mcewen and discussions over dinner. The event w ...

Energy independence and interdependence

Nicola Mcewen | 02 May 2014 | Evidence

Nicola mcewen was an invited witness to the scottish parliament economy, energy and tourism committee as part of the committee's inquiry into scotland’s economic future post-2014. She provided written and oral evidence to committee. In her written br ...