Sarah J Darby’s clean energy research awarded new funding
Dr Sarah J Darby, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, has been awarded two new funding grants for her research on clean energy transitions.
Dr Darby, Acting Leader of the Energy Programme and Associate Professor, Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford, and colleague, Dr Jake Barnes, Researcher in Low Carbon Heat Policy, ECI, have received funding from Horizon 2020 for their project, NEWCOMERS.
The aim of the project is to ‘investigate which regulatory, institutional and social conditions, at national and local level, are favourable for the emergence and operation of new clean energy communities’.
Work will be carried out with community energy programmes in six EU countries, using them as case studies. The project will be led by Dr Julia Blasch of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest-ever funding programme for research and innovation, with nearly €80 billion of funding available in the seven-year period between 2014 and 2020.
In addition, Dr Darby has received an Ox-Ber Research Partnership Seed Grant. She will work with Dr Barnes and Dr Martina Schäfer of Technische Universität Berlin, on research project, Public participation for energy transitions: examining the civic engagement in sustainable and social-just energy transitions.
The Ox-Ber Research Partnership Seed Grant was announced by the University of Oxford in December 2017. It is a joint partnership between the University and four institutions in Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Research proposals had to be jointly submitted by at least one faculty member from an academic division of the University of Oxford and at least one faculty member from one of the four Berlin partners.
Picture: Sarah J Darby is Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College; Acting Leader of the Energy Programme; and Associate Professor, Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford.