Directed by CEE Director Dr Mette High and funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Research Alliance for Energy, Homes and Livelihoods is a new and ambitious initiative, launching in October 2023 to build the necessary cross-sector interdisciplinary research community to help Scotland achieve an equitable and inclusive transition to a net zero future.
The Alliance is led by a multi-institutional team that includes Universities of Strathclyde, Stirling, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Activities are organised according to three overlapping themes: Decarbonising Heat, Financial Pathways and Sustainable Households. Financial Pathways is led by CEE Director of Policy Dr Sean Field and Capacity Building is led by CEE Deputy Director Dr Emilka Skrzypek.
In May 2019, the Scottish Government declared a climate emergency, legislating for a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to become net zero by 2045. It has set several interim targets, including a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This decade will be critical for the transition to greater sustainability and net zero, requiring a decisive shift from planning to implementation.
But how can we achieve this without exacerbating socioeconomic inequalities and leaving those behind who are already most vulnerable? How can we ensure a net zero Scotland for all? What can we do to ensure people’s experiences and voices can help drive change? Can households become key agents in an equitable and inclusive transition to a net zero Scotland?
No single sector in society can tackle this challenge alone. It will require unprecedented collaboration, coordination and focus. If we are to achieve this, we have to work together and draw on everyone’s strengths.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Research Alliance for Energy, Homes and Livelihoods is a new and ambitious initiative, established to forge connections and build the necessary cross-sector interdisciplinary research community to provide urgently needed expertise and insights.
WHAT DOES THE ALLIANCE DO?
The Scottish Research Alliance for Energy, Homes and Livelihoods is a broad and diverse research community for scholars across disciplines and institutions, industry, business, government and local communities.
Operating with an ethos of inclusive collaboration, we work to ensure that information- and expertise-sharing happen between different stakeholders, so we don’t have silos of knowledge and expertise.
We organise events, workshops and residentials that can offer training, build expertise and expand networks for our stakeholders.
We facilitate multi-institutional collaborations and provide seed funding for cross-sectoral research projects on relevant topics.
We strengthen our stakeholders’ capacity for engaging with and contributing to policy making at local and national levels in Scotland.
In all our activities, we are particularly dedicated to early career researchers, supporting their capacity building and growing their network for interdisciplinary, collaborative research. By driving leadership for cross-sector interdisciplinary research, the Alliance is committed to help create an equitable transition to a net zero future in Scotland.
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