The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) sits at the forefront of research on the transition to a low carbon economy.

We investigate new technologies and new ways of doing things that have the potential to transform the way we use energy and achieve substantial reductions in energy demand.

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Highlight Project:
Learning about diffusion from experiences in other countries

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European countries have seen some low-energy innovations, like district energy systems in Austria, gain popularity. What lessons can be learned from these examples about how to overcome inertia and cause diffusions to accelerate, leading to tipping points and breakthroughs?

CIED Leadership Team

Frank Geels

Co-Director
Frank Geels

Tim Schwanen

Co-Director
Tim Schwanen

Steven Sorrell

Co-Director
Steven Sorrell

Jenny Bird

Centre Manager
Jenny Bird

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