There has been a tendency for technology outcomes to dominate the energy agenda, at the expense of consideration of critical human and social aspects. SHAPE ENERGY is trying to change that by having a higher integration of social sciences and humanities (SSH) into energy- and transport-related projects for Horizon 2020 and beyond. Bringing together coordinators who are interested in improving and innovating through EU projects, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) hosted two groundbreaking “sandpits” in February 2018 where participants acknowledged the added value of integrating social sciences and humanity disciplines into EU-funded energy projects.
Key issues that were highlighted as being crucial to integrate into H2020 calls include: the dilemma between qualitative and quantitative results; the differences in language that stem from interdisciplinary projects; energy efficiency and user engagement. The latter in particular touches on the importance of communicating to the wider public so as to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the social impact of energy projects.
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