Bridging the gaps in energy related socio-economic research

More than ever before, multidisciplinary responses are needed to address the crucial societal challenge of energy. This is especially true for energy research and innovation which is often perceived as purely technology-driven, whereas the economic, social and environmental aspects are equally important. Therefore, Social Sciences and Humanities should be even better integrated in future energy policy making. The human factor plays a crucial role in the success or failure of market penetration of low carbon technologies. We cannot underestimate the importance of public engagement in energy policy making. A better understanding of the range of criteria which triggers consumer choice and use of technologies is needed to enable a more targeted design of technologies and systems. The changing energy landscape, evolving society and new market circumstances will require new or updated models for energy mix optimisation, and will influence strategic decision-making beyond 2020. The results of this type of research are highly relevant and form the basis of energy technology policy development. The proposed workshop aims to highlight the added value of socio-economic research in the process of developing and implementing energy and energy technology policies by 2020 and beyond while pointing out existing gaps in the respective initiatives of the different actors involved in the field. The workshop is also dedicated to build upon the conclusions of the latest report of the European Group on Ethics (EGE) in Science and New Technologies.
From 9:00 to 13:00
Brussels, Belgium
Jacques Delors, JDE 51
European Commission/DG RTD/Directorate Energy
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