Centre for energy, climate and the environment
Centre for energy, climate and the environment was established to coordinate the growing and now quite large research activity focusing on these important social challenges.
Around 20 scholars are studying topics like energy and climate policy, energy efficiency and energy consumption, development of renewable energy, public perceptions of and engagement with climate change and sustainable energy, climate adaption, sustainable cities and transport, and strategies towards sustainability transitions.
We are heavily involved in the Centre for sustainable energy studies (CenSES), which is one of three national social science research centres for environmentally friendly energy (FME), as well as in three other such centres. The Centre also participates in several project funded by Horizon 2020.
Centre for energy, climate and the environment is among the largest research communities within its focus areas in Europe. Its scholars come from science and technology studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, organisation studies, and gender studies. The Centre collaborates closely across NTNU through the interdisciplinary strategic research area Energy.
The Centre for energy, climate and the environment participates in several Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The objective of the scheme for Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research is to establish time-limited research centres which conduct concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international calibre in order to solve specific challenges in the field.
Horizon 2020 is EU’s large research and innovation programme. Support from this programme is given very high priority from NTNU leadership as well as Ministry of Education and Research. Presently, we are partner in the following projects:
- ECHOES – Energy choices supporting the energy Union and the SET plan
- MATCH – Markets, actors, technologies. A comparative study of smartgrid solutions
- SHAPE-ENERGY – Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy
Centre for energy, climate and the environment presently receives funding from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), and from other sources for the following projects:
The Crafting Climate project focused on craftsmen who play an important role in the transition to a more climate-friendly construction practice. The project investigated the craftsman's practices, tools, roles and communities of practice. Involved researchers were project manager Håkon Fyhn, Roger A. Søraa and Jøran Solli.
Bringing Environmental Knowledge into Action in Norwegian Local Governments
Funded by the Norwegian Research Council program Miljø2015/Miljøforsk from 2014-2017
More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities, and this share is expected to increase in the years to come. This may cause environmental challenges, particularly with respect to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. In order to handle these challenges, developing and sharing relevant knowledge between cities is of great importance.
The BREV project has explored knowledge development and learning within sustainable urban development in Norway. We have addressed the ways in which city actors (planners, politicians and administrative employees in national, regional and local governments involved in sustainable urban development) in Norway create, learn and share relevant knowledge to make Norwegian cities more sustainable. Central questions have been as follows: What visions and expectations guide the city actors’ work? How do they develop knowledge and how do they learn from each other? How do they decide upon urban public transport systems, and what are the consequences of these choices?
A main finding from the project is the importance of having centrally organized urban programs in order to create and sustain horizontal learning networks between cities. This may contribute to knowledge exchange and learning among actors aiming to improve the sustainability of cities.
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