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Reference Number ES/E01772X/1
Title Insights from pioneers in renewable energy (INSPIRE)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Hydropower) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 20%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy) 20%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 40%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr D (Dan ) van der Horst
No email address given
Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 June 2007
End Date 31 July 2009
Duration 26 months
Total Grant Value £159,872
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region West Midlands
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr D (Dan ) van der Horst , Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences, University of Birmingham (100.000%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FE01772X%2F1
Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract Renewable energy technologies have experienced widely differing innovation and diffusion trends in the UK. Especially for smaller scale technologies, early adoption and uptake is often dependent on the energetic efforts of pioneering individuals. Although these individuals are clearly highly entrepreneurial in spirit, some are operating through or within organisational settings that are not solely or primarily profit-driven. Subsequently, their initiatives, which may be driven by a range of different social, economic and environmental motivations, are often broadly referred to as social enterprises. The main aim of this fellowship is to develop a better understanding of how such novel renewable energy initiatives are conceived, developed and potentially mainstreamed. Research during the fellowship will focus on Mapping the current role of social enterprises in the provision of renewable energy Unpacking the motivations, visions and actions of pioneers in renewable energy Evaluating the environmental performance of some of these initiatives over time in the context of learning-by-doing at the individual and organisational level Exploring the potential of such bottom-up initiatives to help meet environmental and social targets at the local, regional and national level.
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Added to Database 02/11/09