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Energy policies cannot fulfil their maximum potential if the knowledge stemming from
social sciences and humanities research is not factored into the decision-making
process. Citizens should be at the core of all policies – including those to do with
The SHAPE ENERGY end of project conference underlined how crucial social and
humanities research is to accelerating the decarbonisation of our economy and
making a real dent in climate change. It also presented concrete recommendations on
how to advance and better design future European energy policies in the context of
the upcoming research and innovation framework: Horizon Europe.
The event was organised as part of the SHAPE ENERGY H2020 EU-funded project. It
aimed at generating new knowledge, support evidence-based policymaking, produce
interdisciplinary solutions and develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying
available research into the energy transition decision-making process.
The conference was also a call for action to all stakeholders to support further the
integration of social sciences and humanities research within the design, evaluation
and implementation of future energy policies. It was an opportunity to present the
Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA) the consortium developed over the last two
years and ask for people to support it.
The Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy
(SHAPE ENERGY) conference aimed at unveiling and debating the final results of the
project; sharing with participants some of the platform’s evidence-based results;
providing concrete advice to various stakeholders, including EU policymakers,
diplomats, private sector companies, NGOs, civil society organisations and
It aimed at ensuring future policies embed social sciences and humanities (SSH) in EU
energy processes and initiatives. The conference also aimed at highlighting a concise
vision for the future which builds on the finding of the project, making sure that the
allocated resources for further SSH research is maintained.