SHAPE ENERGY used sandpits to promote intensive discussion forums, where free thinking was encouraged to delve into the problems and explore innovative solutions concerning EU energy policy. In this report, we detail: the selection process of the projects that attended the sandpits; the sandpit activities; and key findings that came out of the SSH-STEM integration exercises that were conducted.
This report gathers understandings on what can bring together academics and practitioners involved in energy related EU-funded projects aiming at reaching a higher integration of SSH. Our findings have implications for future Horizon 2020 projects, and indeed the European Commission’s plans for Horizon Europe. Specifically, we advocate a different approach to energy funding calls that better embraces systems-thinking and the various SSH perspectives on offer.