How do we know what the best approach is in making the low carbon transition happen? Our researchers are working to evaluate programmes and policies, or test innovative ways to engage with those who will be affected by a change in policy. We are currently involved in developing a methodology for evidence review, and in reviewing implementation of national policy at a local level, e.g. analysing the effectiveness of a chosen delivery approach in terms of being replicable and scalable.

Across all our work we facilitate conversations and broker knowledge across sectors, disciplines and institutions, testing new forms of engagement and policy development and introducing new tools and techniques.

Meet our policy researchers

Grant Allan

Principal Investigator
Research topic: Energy- Economy- Environmental modelling
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Grant is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. His research interests are in applied regional economic analysis and modelling, particularly in the areas of energy and tourism. He is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the Department of Economics and Director of MSc in Applied Economics and MSc in Economics and Finance.

Gioele Figus

Research Fellow
Research topic: The economy-wide impacts of energy policies
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Gioele is a research fellow based between the Fraser of Allander Institute (Economics) and the Centre for Energy Policy (Politics) at the University of Strathclyde. He has expertise in energy-economy-environmental modelling for the analysis of energy policies, and has conducted extensive research on the economy-wide impact of improvements in energy efficiency with a focus on Scotland and the UK.

His current project aims to:

  • assess the impact of energy efficiency policies linked to the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP);
  • develop a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the Scottish economy that captures details about household consumption of heating and other energy services;
  • and link the energy-economic CGE model with the energy system model TIMES.

Niall Kerr

Research Fellow
Research topic: Energy policy effectiveness
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Niall is a Research Fellow based within the Energy and Society research Group at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently working on the 'Effectiveness of Energy Policy and Interventions' project, developing a dedicated method for evidence review with respect to Scottish energy policy.

Niall’s most recent research (PhD) has considered some of the social and political aspects of efforts to energy efficiently retrofit existing buildings, considering the different political rationales for energy efficiency policy in different countries, the different narratives of home energy renovators and the overall public and private investment cases for energy efficiency.

Anna Moss

Research Fellow
Research topic: Climate Change Adaption
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Anna is an Associate in the Centre of Environmental Change and Human Resilience, the School of the Environment, University of Dundee. Her research is on the science of climate change adaptation, including developing indicators to inform the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and wider national adaptation decision making. The indicators are also used by the Committee on Climate Change in their assessments of Scotland's progress. She has a background researching the impact of climate change and habitat structure on the behaviour and population dynamics of grassland isopods.

Faye Wade

Research Fellow
Research topic: Energy policy effectiveness
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Faye is an interdisciplinary energy researcher with a particular interest in the built environment, and the work of building and construction professionals.

She is based within the Heat and the City research team at the University of Edinburgh working on the evaluation of the delivery of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). The SEEP pilots are Local Authority-led integrated energy efficiency pilots that encompass heating and insulation improvements in domestic and non-domestic buildings. The evaluation is investigating project governance, management, and partnership structures. It is also monitoring the energy savings resulting from the retrofits, and building occupants’ experiences. This includes analysing the effectiveness of the chosen delivery approaches in terms of their replicability and scalability given the diverse building stock and socio-economic circumstances of Scotland’s communities. This also considers the challenges of regulation and standards, skills, and supply chains.

Jan Webb

Principal Investigator
Research topic: Energy policy effectiveness
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Jan is Principal Investigator on our evaluation of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). Her research focuses on social studies of energy and climate change. In collaboration with the EPSRC Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, she is part of a research group studying comparative European heat and energy efficiency policies and practices. Recent Heat and the City research focused on urban energy governance and organisation in globalising markets. Further work is analysing local engagement in energy developments (funding from Energy Technologies Institute and UK Energy Research Centre). Her research was used in 2017 Scottish Government Energy Strategy Consultations and 2013 UK Government Heat Strategy. Jan was also a member of the panel reviewing the Scottish definition of fuel poverty.

Mark Winskel

Principal Investigator
Research topic: Energy Policy and System Analysis
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Mark is a member of the CXC Directorate and Chancellor’s Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Group, in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is a highly experienced interdisciplinary energy researcher and research manager, and was national Research Co-ordinator for UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) in ‘Phase 2’ (2009-14). His current research includes scenario analysis of UK energy system change for UKERC. His research interests are energy innovation and system change, expertise and inter-disciplinarityenergy policy and research-policy. Mark oversees our work on energy policy and energy systems analysis.