The human and social aspects of the energy transition have for too long been ignored as decisionmakers focus on technological innovations. It is crucial that Horizon Europe – the EU’s upcoming major research funding programme – includes support for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) projects.
The SHAPE ENERGY Platform is working to close the gap between energy-SSH research and strategic energy policy bodies in terms of common working agendas. Building on input from a diversity of well over 10,000 stakeholders over two years, they have produced seven tangible recommendations via which to do so.