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.

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.