Policy and Society


The implications that energy choices and technologies can have on our economy and society are profound. Scientific and engineering solutions to the energy challenge can only be successful if they are socially desirable, economically affordable and environmentally acceptable.

Birmingham’s technical and scientific expertise is complemented by a large strand of research into the social and economic consequences of adopting different energy technologies and policies.

Our Department of Economics works to analyse electricity markets and energy economics, whilst academics in our School of Law research the links between energy, trade and climate change and international regulation of energy activity, such as oil drilling. The social implications form a major research theme in our School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, with projects investigating fuel poverty amongst the elderly and public attitudes towards nuclear power safety. Our School of Computer Science is working with young people to understand the attitudes of teenagers towards power conservation and how this can be shaped through novel technologies.


Stefan Bouzarovski


Our work in energy policy and its societal effects is closely aligned with our research into the environmental impacts. These complement and inform our technical research and development.