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[Energy-SHIFTS] Call for ESR programme participants

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Opportunities for early-career Social Sciences & Humanities researchers:
linking energy research to policy

Energy-SHIFTS is a Horizon 2020 project that feeds
energy-related Social Sciences & Humanities (energy-SSH) insights into EU
energy policy. As part of our Early Stage Researcher (ESR)
programme, we offer access to current energy policy dilemmas and the chance to
become part of a close-knit network of researchers bridging the
policy-research gap. We have two sets of opportunities, with further common
collaboration possibilities beyond these too.

Opportunity 1 - Working groups on future energy-SSH research needs (x8 ESRs):

Energy-SHIFTS has been tasked by the European Commission's DG for Research &
Innovation to advise on what energy-SSH should be funded in its Horizon Europe
research and innovation programme (running over 2021-27). We will be
coordinating four expert working
groups on topic areas
that the Commission has already committed to fund:

WG1. Renewables - chaired by Derk Loorbach (DRIFT) and Aleksandra
Wagner (Jagiellonian University);

WG2. Smart consumption - chaired by Rosie Robison (Anglia Ruskin
University) and Tomas Moe Skjlsvold (NTNU);

WG3. Energy efficiency - chaired by Chris Foulds (Anglia Ruskin
University) and Thomas Berker (NTNU);

WG4. Transport - chaired by Marianne Ryghaug (NTNU) and Flor Avelino

Each Working Group will have two allocated ESRs, who will sit on each Group's
steering committee. The focus of each Working Group's work will be a Horizon
Scan study, involving 25-30 senior European energy-SSH experts. Depending on
interest, availability and skillsets, options for exact ESR collaboration
include involvement in: researching energy-SSH expert invitations; undertaking
targeted participant observation fieldnotes based on their experiences;
reviewing interview protocol and Horizon Scan survey designs; and assisting in
the actual Horizon Scanning methods, where appropriate.

Opportunity 2 - Matching policyworkers with researchers: Policy Fellowships
(x2 ESRs):

As part of Energy-SHIFTS, we will enable one-to-one dialogue between
policyworkers and energy
experts in
the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), via facilitating face-to-face as
well as online meetings. These meetings will be structured around the policy
and governance issues that matter most to those working at the energy policy

As part of the DRIFT-led team, options to get involved
could include:

Promoting the call for policy fellows for our prestigious Policy
Fellowship programme;

Reviewing the design of the Fellowship programme, especially from an
ESR perspective;

Analysing policy fellow applications, in which they explain their
policy problems;

Researching possible energy-SSH researcher invitees, based on who
could best complement (and sometimes constructively critique) the fellows'
policy problems;

Contributing to an European Commission report on 'Live energy policy
challenges: questions for the Social Sciences & Humanities';

Developing a toolkit for other institutions wishing to instigate
similar innovative fellowship schemes.

By participating in these ESR opportunities, you will also benefit from:

Officially being part of the Energy-SHIFTS ESR programme, including
being named on the
ESR section of our

Having travel/accommodation funding to attend the final Energy-SHIFTS
conference, in Brussels, in early 2021;

Blog-writing possibilities for Energy-SHIFTS;

Working with senior energy-SSH researchers and/or energy policyworkers
- both through the Energy-SHIFTS
partners and also associated

The option to have a 90sec Energy-SHIFTS YouTube video solely
dedicated to showcase your research;

Paper-writing collaboration possibilities.


You will be in the first four years of your academic career (at
full-time equivalent) and will not have been awarded a doctoral degree. The
EC's definition of an ESR is available
here; ESRs do not have to be PhD researchers necessarily.

You will be based at an European (or, rather, Horizon 2020 eligible
country) research institution;

For Opportunity 1 (working groups): You must be available to
contribute over October 2019 to July 2020, with the peak of work likely taking
place in February to May 2020, when the Horizon Scanning exercise takes

For Opportunity 2 (policy fellowships): You must be available to
contribute during the months of October (promotion), November (selection) and
December (matching with researchers) 2019. The peak of the work will take
place in November, when we will review applications for the fellowship for
approximately three full days;

We note that - given that these are not paid positions - we do aim to
be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of the successful

How do I apply?

The application should be submitted in two parts: (1) email CV to; and (2) submit the
short online application form, via the Google Forms

The deadline to apply is Monday 9 September 2019 (1700 - BST / UK time). We
are aiming to review applications quickly, with decisions communicated within
1-2 weeks.

Contacts for further information:

For any updates and announcements on these ESR
opportunities/applications, please see this project

General queries on the Energy-SHIFTS ESR programme should be sent to
ESR lead:

Queries about the specific opportunities should go to activity leads: (Working Groups)
and (Policy Fellowships).

Further details on the project's aims and other activities can be
found at, or please contact



Dr Chris Foulds
Principal Research Fellow
Global Sustainability Institute (GSI)
Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT, UK.

T: (+44) 1223 69 5112 | E: | Twitter:

Further info: Personal
webpage |
LinkedIn |
GSI | GSI's Consumption &
Selected projects: SHAPE
Energy in Water

Recent selected publications:
Advancing energy policy: Lessons on the integration of Social Sciences and
Humanities (eds.)
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Constructing policy success for UK energy
feedback (Building Research & Information, 2017)
Energy & the active
consumer (SHAPE ENERGY, 2017)
Transport sector decarbonisation: a social sciences and humanities annotated
bibliography (SHAPE ENERGY,
Energy monitoring as a practice: Investigating use of the iMeasure online
energy feedback
(Energy Policy, 2017)
Funding pathways to a low-carbon
transition (Nature Energy,

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