This page details key Social Sciences and Humanities overview resources for those working in the (energy) policy arena, whether it be in local authorities and city municipalities, or those interested in EU-level policies.
The energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) are concerned with everything that is human or social in the energy transition. This includes norms, values, perceptions and beliefs across all actors, from policymakers to consumers, as well as insights into how organisations act and how regulations are formed and enacted.
Energy policies cannot fulfil their maximum potential if the significant knowledge stemming from Social Sciences and Humanities research is not factored into decision-making processes. Citizens should be at the core of all policies – and this is also the case when it comes to the energy transition. The policymaking process also needs to include a more advanced understanding of how society and technology inter-relate.
The SHAPE ENERGY Platform (2017-2019) has produced a large number of resources to develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying energy-SSH. These have included: city workshops with municipalities, guides for multi-stakeholder collaboration, a pan-European policy summit in Brussels, and a number of citizen-policymaker debates. These resources, and more, are highlighted below.