Use of evidence in energy policy: the roles, capacities and expectations of Social Sciences & Humanities
There is broad realisation that energy policies must better account for how societies and energy interact. As such, the energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) are increasingly advocated as a vital component of (EU) funding programmes on energy research and innovation. The central premise here is that knowledges on e.g. societal needs and responses should be a core part of the evidence base for existing/future energy policies. However, there are an array of different assumptions on what useable (energy-SSH) ‘evidence’ looks like, and ultimately how research and policy should connect. In particular, (energy) policy conventions have been dominated by evidence traditionally sourced from the more natural and technical (energy) sciences, and/or economic perspectives. In these contexts, this invitation-only workshop will explore stakeholder views on how energy-SSH can contribute to EU energy targets and thus how energy-SSH should feature in Horizon Europe funding.