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Reference Number ES/J010669/1
Title Enriching understanding of climate and energy related behaviours (Energy Behaviour Fellowship Follow On Fund)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr TJ Chatterton
No email address given
Faculty of Environment and Technology
University of the West of England
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 29 February 2012
End Date 30 August 2013
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £34,942
Industrial Sectors
Region South West
Programme KT
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr TJ Chatterton , Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , DEFRA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Transport (DfT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department of Energy & Climate Change (0.000%)
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Abstract Government policies across many fields are currently being steered by the concept of 'behaviour change' as a 'light-touch' alternative to regulation. Behaviour is neither simple to understand, nor to change. Current political circumstances have led to a high profile for a group of approaches that are aimed at 'nudging' behaviours, however the theories and understanding behind these are just one of a range of possible ways of interpreting the reasons people behave in the ways that they do. Not all behaviours are alike, and in terms of developing effective policies it is useful to have a range of possible approaches to choose from. For the non-expert though, understanding potential complementarities or conflicts between different approaches can pose a significant barrier to employing new strategies or to using a variety of methods, particularly when certain approaches may have more political acceptability despite potentially not being as effective.The project will provide support to a range of stakeholders involved in developing and implementing policies around public behaviours in relation to energy usage and climate change. Following on from a successful 12-month social science placement Fellowship in DECC, the project will allow Dr Chatterton to build on the work and relationships already established in the Fellowship, in order to improve understanding with regard to a) public behaviours and social practices, and b) cross-departmental challenges in relation to climate change policies.The project has support from the four government departments most closely identified with climate and energy related behaviours (DECC; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); the Department for Transport (DfT), and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)). This will provide Dr Chatterton access to spend time within each Department (an average of one month per Department) to help them to implement the latest thinking on behaviours into policies, and through concurrently working with the various Departments, take the opportunity to help them better understand the overlaps and possible conflicts or synergies between their respective policies.The project will also take the learning from the original Fellowship, as well as from the departmental working, and share it with a limited number of relevant stakeholders from businesses and NGOs working in the area. This will help them improve their understanding of current approaches to behaviour, so as to enable them to more effectively play a positive role in their work with government and the public.
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