On 19 November consumer rights group Which? published a report warning energy suppliers that they need to triple the current rate of smart meter installation to meet the target of replacing existing meters in every UK home by 2020. This would mean installing 30 smart meters per minute every day for the next two years …
The IPCC Special Report on the impacts of 1.5% global warming has explicitly adopted the socio-technical transitions approach.
A new paper by Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of CIED, and colleagues at SPRU explores so-called Large Technical Systems.
Nora Blascsok reports back from CREDS launch & EUED showcase. The great and the good of the energy sector came together to celebrate the launch of the new UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), as well as the final showcase of the six End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Centres at the Methodist …
This event brings together a panel of experts and key stakeholders involved in the smart meter rollout to examine the progress that has been made to date, and to explore how the smart meter rollout might be accelerated. We will hear a variety of perspectives and offer a stimulating discussion about the future of smart …
A new policy brief by CIED Director Professor Benjamin Sovacool and Aarhus University colleagues makes recommendations on how to speed up EV uptake.
The Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 Progress Report to Parliament cites CIED research on car dealerships and EV sales.
Highly educated women are an untapped but potentially lucrative market for EV sales, says a new study by researchers at Sussex and Aarhus University.
The death of a transport regime? The future of electric bicycles and transportation pathways for sustainable mobility in China
Dismissive and deceptive car dealerships create barriers to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale
Car dealerships and sales personnel are a major obstacle to the switch to electric vehicles in the Nordic region and possibly beyond, says new study.
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was cited again in The Telegraph on the UK smart meter rollout.
The BBC have published a short video as part of their ‘The Disruptors’ series featuring CIED Director Professor Benjamin Sovacool.
Professor Benjamin Sovacool and Professor Frank Geels have been selected as Lead Authors of the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
A new article in Nature Climate Change, co-authored by Prof Frank Geels, argues for integrating demand-side solutions into climate change mitigation.
The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden – have aggressive climate and energy policies in place and have already emerged as leaders in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Although renewable sources of energy already comprise a substantial role in the region’s electricity portfolio, their utilization is expected to grow rapidly between 2016 …
Humanizing sociotechnical transitions through energy justice: An ethical framework for global transformative change
A new article promotes greater engagement with the energy justice approach when planning for a low-carbon transition.
haireena / Shutterstock This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex and Jessica Jewell, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Almost all governments in the world joined the Paris agreement in 2015 in an effort to tackle climate change. In the same year, many of …
CIED Director Benjamin Sovacool was cited in a BBC News feature article on smart power and energy storage.
A new journal article co-authored by Prof Benjamin Sovacool looks at integrating three perspectives to explain the complexity of transitions.
Bamboo Beating Bandits: Conflict, Inequality, and Vulnerability in the Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh
Benjamin Sovacool explores theories that explain socio-technical change; their relevance, use and how they can (or cannot) integrate. All welcome!
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was cited in The Telegraph on smart meters.
Reducing energy demand in the transportation sector is one of the most difficult challenges we face to meet our CO2 emission reduction targets. Due to the sector’s dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and the monumental negative consequences for climate change, air pollution and other social impacts, countless researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders view a widespread …
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was interviewed by Siemens at the European Utility Week on the role of utility companies in the low carbon transition.
Electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research is too orientated on technical challenges, say a team of researchers led by Benjamin Sovacool.
The neglected social dimensions to a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) transition: A critical and systematic review
CIED Director, Benjamin Sovacool has been cited in a Nature Outlook article on energy transitions.
Stretching, embeddedness, and scripts in a sociotechnical transition: Explaining the failure of electric mobility at Better Place (2007–2013)
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was interviewed on the Energy Transitions Show about the speed of energy transitions.
Jim Watson, Harriet Thomson and Benjamin Sovacool (Image credit: Mari Martiskainen) What do folklore, yak cheese, Chinese dams and the Dakota pipeline all have in common? Energy and social science. The First International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, held on 2-5 April in Sitges, Spain, aimed “to spotlight what the wonderful group of …