We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jojo Nem Singh will be partnering with Dr. Hårvard Haarstad (University of Bergen, Norway), and James van Alstine (University of Leeds) on a new research program aimed at exploring and developing compatible climate and energy strategies.

The program, supported by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund, will explore ‘compatible climate and energy strategies’ through a series of case studies from the global North and South, and will bring together partners from five WUN Institutions: University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, University of Bergen, University of Wisconsin and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

‘Compatible climate and energy strategies’ are initiatives, policies and governance mechanisms that can combine the need to supply secure and affordable energy while doing so in a way that reduces current carbon emissions and builds the adaptive capacity of societies to a changing climate. Potential solutions that will be assessed include carbon capture and storage, biofuels, solar energy, wind turbines, and others. The program will aim to address three inter-related scientific questions:

  • How can we understand compatible climate and energy strategies, and what does it mean to different actors in different contexts?
  • What are the political, social and economic constraints on the emergence of compatible climate and energy strategies?
  • How can the constraints on compatible climate and energy strategies be overcome?

The program builds on an existing network of researchers, and will run throughout 2014 with the aim of developing the research agenda into a special issue journal and subsequent major grant applications.