Karen Turner is Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where she leads a portfolio of work funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), philanthropic organisations and foundations and various government and industry bodies. Karen’s main research interests lie in investigating and modelling the economy-wide, macroeconomic and distributional consequences of energy policy and industry developments, and considering how these may be affected, and consensus built around policy narratives, to enable the deployment of different decarbonisation solutions.
She has published extensively in policy and economics literatures on topics such as making the case for public support of residential energy efficiency programmes and addressing public policy challenges in unlocking value from the deployment of large-scale decarbonisation solutions such as electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Karen has previously held academic posts at Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities. She is a member of the National Infrastructure Assessment Advisory Panel on Net Zero and the board of the Future Energy Skills Programme, which is co-chaired by energy industry and trade union representatives.