This page details key Social Sciences and Humanities overview resources for those working in the field of energy research and practice, whether in universities or beyond.
Energy research has traditionally been largely influenced by knowledge and disciplines from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), yet the ambitious goals of energy transitions concerning emissions reductions and renewable energy shares bring significant accompanying changes in social organisation. Thus, (as promoted by the European Commission (EC) Horizon2020 work programme on energy) knowledge from numerous fields of research is necessary to meet Europe’s energy goals, including strong representation from the active communities of energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) research.
The SHAPE ENERGY Platform (2017-2019) has produced a large number of resources to stimulate Europe’s research expertise in using and applying energy-SSH. How different energy-SSH disciplines contribute to overarching energy research problems, and concrete research methods related to this, are promoted in this set of key SHAPE ENERGY resources for researchers. Ultimately, these outputs aim to support interdisciplinary energy research that serves both the SSH and STEM communities, help SSH researchers advocate for the importance of their work, and may also prove valuable teaching resources.