Society, Economics and Policy

Society, Economy and Policy

Society, Economics and Policy


As new energy technologies are developed, it’s vital to understand the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts they will have.

Moving technology from university laboratories through manufacturing and into wider public use is as much a social and organisational issue as it is an economic or technological one. Understanding the social and ethical contexts of decisions is also an increasingly important consideration for companies as they operate in politically and culturally sensitive locations.

The University of Nottingham’s social scientists work alongside scientists and engineers to try to better understand the broader impacts of energy technologies on society, including any unanticipated consequences. By doing this we are beginning to understand how people interact with new technological systems and how human responses will shape future technology designs.

Social science plays a part in the development of our future energy systems.

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Public Perceptions of Energy Futures in the UK

It is important to understand the perceived and potential benefits of new energy technologies and demand side management possibilities in order that these are developed in an appropriate manner... read more


Energy Innovation in a North/South Context

Many energy technologies adopted or proposed for the industrialized world (the global North) depend on raw materials from other parts of the world. Past experience shows that extraction and processing... read more


Small-Scale and Alternative Energy Innovations

The implementation of small-scale and alternative energy technologies is crucial if communities are to develop resilience to the increasing threats of economic and climate insecurity... read more


Sustainability Assessment of Energy

Through an improved understanding of the social and policy contexts in which energy innovations emerge, improvements and developments of sustainable energy solutions are introduced... read more


Internationalization of China’s National Oil Companies

China, thanks to its huge foreign reserve and its robust economic growth at home, has expanded significantly its outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) since 1999. China’s OFDI grew from US$2.7 billion... read more

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