Social Science Research in Energy Conference

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Wednesday 27 April 2016, 9:45am - 17:00pm
European Research Institute (G3 on campus map)
Lecture Theatre G51, University of Birmingham  

The Birmingham Energy Institute, in collaboration with the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), invites academics from across ERA institutions to participate in the Social Science Research in Energy Conference.

The workshop will focus on identifying examples of successful collaborations and barriers to collaborations for social scientists in energy research. The theme of the conference will be ‘energy’ which is broad ranging and encompasses a host of disciplines. Papers which are interdisciplinary in nature are more than welcome.

Workshop Agenda: 


09:45 – 10:00             

Arrival and refreshments

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction to workshop
Centre for Environmental and Energy Economics and Management (CEEEM) at the University of Birmingham

Professor David Maddison, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

10:15 – 11:00

Guest Speaker: Dr Victoria Haines, Reader in User Centred Design, Head of User Centred Design Research Group, Loughborough University 

“The role of user centred design in domestic energy demand reduction”

11:00 -  11:45 

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Radcliffe, University of Birmingham.

“Opportunities for multi-disciplinary research across social sciences and engineering and a wider context of ERA”

Chair: Maria Jesus Herrerias

11:45 - 12:30 


 12:30 - 13:30 

Session 1: Paper presentations(3 papers at 30 minutes each)

Professor David Maddison, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

Paper 1
Victor Ajayi, Tom Weyman-Jones, Anthony Glass, School of Business and Economics University of Loughborough 

“Efficiency And Productivity Of Cross –Country Electricity Generation: A Parametric Approach”

Paper 2
Tao Zhang, Peer-Olaf Siebers, Uwe Aickelin, Business School, University of Birmingham

“Simulating user learning in authoritative technology adoption: An agent based model for council-led smart meter deployment planning in the UK”

Paper 3
Frederik Dahlmann, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick 

“The Role Of Stretch Targets In Reducing Companies’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

13:30 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:45

Session 2: Paper presentations (3 papers at 20 minutes each)

Chair: Dr. Tao Zhang, Business School, University of Birmingham

Paper 4
Maria Jesus Herrerias, Carlos Aller, Javier Ordoñez, Business School, University of Birmingham

Energy Intensity and Access to finance”

Paper 5
Mike Clifford, Charlotte Ray, Sarah Jewitt, Temilade Sesan, University of Nottingham

“Why Did You Choose That Stove?” Understanding Household Energy Priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Paper 6
Ed Brown, Simon Batchelor, Jon Cloke, John Harrison, Tameezan wa Gathui, University of Loughborough

“Governance, Decentralisation and Energy: Towards a Research Agenda”


14:45 – 15:00

Refreshment Break

15:00 – 16:00

Session 3: Paper presentations (3 papers at 20 minutes each)

Chair: Dr. Rachel Mulhall, Business School, University of Birmingham

Paper 7
Gavin Harper, Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham

“Ultra-Low Emission vs. Ultra-Low Energy Vehicles in the UK market: A Business Model Perspective”

Paper 8
Rosie Day, GEES, University of Birmingham

“Justice and energy consumption”

Paper 9
Monica Giulietti, School of Business and Economics, University of Loughborough

“Barriers to switching energy suppliers: why monetary savings are not enough"

16:00 – 17:00

Session 4: Birmingham work for ERA; Identifying research interests and areas of research in social science in the ERA community and discussion about next event.

Chair: Dr.Maria Jesus Herrerias, Department of Economics, Business School, University of Birmingham



All applications will be dealt with on a first come, first serve basis. Format for submission: 1 page (max) Word document summary. Please send all proposals to Dr Rachel Mulhall

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Travel expenses covered by MEC (economy class public transport and £0.45p/mile for drivers)