Energy perspective podcasts

08 Dec 2017

By Elizabeth Errington

Affordable energy is a research agenda that crosses an enormous array of disciplines and methods. As my own research into affordable energy policy formulation, at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has progressed, I found myself unable to find the time to respond to so many additional questions.

To try and gain perspectives on a wider range of issues, beyond the focus of my research, I embarked on a project to build a narrative that crossed traditional disciplines. Through the medium of podcasts, I encouraged both established and early career researchers to directly engage with practitioners beyond academia, with a particular focus on regulators and charities.

The result is a series of podcasts recorded in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities. Academic participants were from a range of disciplines; environmental science, humanities and social science, within University of East Anglia (UEA) as well as other universities in the UK and USA.

Previously I discussed energy perspectives on vulnerable consumers with Meghna Tewari (Head of Retail Markets at Ofgem), Silvia Kerste (Hubbub Project Lead), Prof Catherine Waddams (UEA) and Danielle Butler (Salford University). This focused on regulatory change for the energy market, reflecting on schemes that work directly with people struggling to afford energy in their homes.  

Last week, the podcast focuses on two UKERC funded projects on equity and justice – one at York University and one at UEA. Interviewing researchers from both projects and Dr Jenkins from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, I explored the implications of research on affordable energy for the energy justice framework.

Access the podcasts here

Future instalments will be released on the following dates:

  • Institutions – 8th December
  • Behavioural Economics – 13th December
  • Gender Diversity – 17th of December

This project has been made possible by funding from the UEA Impact Fund and the patient support of UEA colleagues in the 3S Research Group, PPL and the CCP UKERC-funded project team ‘Equity and Justice in Energy Markets’. The podcasts were recorded and edited by Stephen Bennett (Lecturer in Media and Technology) and his students at the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA, Norwich.

Elizabeth Errington is  research student at the University of East Anglia.
Based in the school of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, Elizabeth studies affordable energy policy formulation in the UK.