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Creating space for ‘failure’ in policy development – a look at the use of evaluation in Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme pilots

Authors: Ruth Bush and Jan Webb The publication of the Scottish Government’s Draft Climate Change Plan is another stark reminder of the scale and pace of change that is needed to be in with a chance of mitigating the most … Continue reading

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Why renewables can improve the quality of our home life

By Mr. John Brennan; Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art Introduction by Dr Faye Wade, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh With 74% of Scotland’s household energy use occurring through space heating, and another 13% through … Continue reading

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The impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Energy Strategy

Dr. Peter Zeniewski Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh Scotland’s new Energy Strategy was drafted in the wake of momentous political change; the initial consultation document was published a mere seven months after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union … Continue reading

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Retrofitting British homes to make them more energy efficient.

By Niall Kerr, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Energy and Climate Policy Effectiveness), School of Social and Political Science Introduction by Faye Wade, Career Development Fellow (Energy and Society), School of Social and Political Science The Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy suggests that, … Continue reading

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Running Public Consultation events: Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating

Mags Tingey, Dave Hawkey, Ruth Bush and Jan Webb – Heat and the City Team researchers (University of Edinburgh), give their views on the Consultation on Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating. We’ve been researching sustainable … Continue reading

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Energy systems modelling: models and the real world

By Dr. Chris Dent, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh Introduction by Dr Mark Winskel, University of Edinburgh Systems modelling has played an important role in the development of the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy, and is seen … Continue reading

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The analytical and political challenges of integrated energy policy making in Scotland

This is the first blog in the Energy & Society Network’s series responding to the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy.  By Dr Mark Winskel, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. We are in an intense … Continue reading

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Disruption! Rethink the system

Susan McLaren, Senior Lecturer in Design & Technology, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and Fleur Ruckley, Project Director,  Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group Disruption! Rethink the system A circular economy is one where “the goods of today become the resources of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Global Environment and Society Academy 2016-2017

Who are we? The Global Environment and Society Academy (GESA) is a network of experts collaborating to develop innovative solutions for the world’s most challenging problems. Led by Professor Dave Reay and Professor Elizabeth Bomberg GESA operates as one of four … Continue reading

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Come rain or shine

Catherine Barbour Online MSc Carbon Management 2015-2016 Brazilians lack the British obsession with weather.  I often start conversations by commenting on how sunny it is, only to remember that every day is sunny in Brasilia.  Talking about water is perhaps the … Continue reading

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