Communities and Governance

This project aims to understand the overall energy demand implications of interactions between different actions taken by local authorities (for instance retrofit programmes, EV charging infrastructure roll out and active travel measures). We are also researching the significance of community participation or engagement with existing governance processes impacts on the delivery and success of energy-demand related actions and interventions. We are interested in how to speed up decarbonisation, achieve equitable energy demand reduction without negatively affecting wellbeing, and how successful initiatives can be scaled up or transferred to other communities.  We will use case studies and work with closely with the PLACE theme.

Research questions:

  • How can new governance systems be co-created and implemented to support top down leadership and bottom-up uptake of energy demand solutions across policy, citizen and industrial spheres?
  • How does governance structure and process impact on place-based transport energy demand reduction pathways that are coordinated and planned at regional level with local implementations?
  • What are the overall energy demand implications of the combined effect of different actions (e.g. district heat projects and active travel measures) that are actually implemented at local and regional level?
  • Can governance coordination between sectors, industries and levels of government speed up energy demand reductions?
  • What role do community-level and regional scale third sector groups play in supporting energy efficiency and reducing energy demand?
  • How effective are community-level voluntary groups at achieving progress towards energy transition and how might they be supported more effectively?