The Sussex Energy Group

The Sussex Energy Group at SPRU undertakes academically rigorous, inter-disciplinary research that engages with policy-makers and practitioners. The aim of our research is to identify ways of achieving the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems whilst addressing other important policy objectives such as energy security.

We are based in SPRU at the University of Sussex and a core partner in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and part of the UK Energy Research Centre.  

Sussex Energy Group's research into the implications of changing energy policy

With climate change one of the biggest issues of the modern age, changing energy consumption and moving from a high- to low-carbon economy is more critical than ever.

The Sussex Energy Group uses an interdisciplinary research approach that is the hallmark of Sussex to understand the social, political and economic implications of radically changing our energy systems and moving towards a more sustainable future.

Special Royal Society edition with SEG's Steve Sorrell and Richard Miller on 'The future of oil supply. 

An interview with guest editors Steve Sorrell and Richard Miller

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This volume, edited by Steve Sorrell and Richard Miller, presents the best scientific evidence on why a decline in oil supply may, or may not, be in sight. It considers the production and resources of conventional oil and the potential for developing alternative liquid fuels from tar sands, shales, biomass, coal and gas. It also describes how economies might react and adapt to rising oil prices and how the transport sector could be transformed, and provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on the ‘peak oil’ debate and reflects a range of views. To read all articles from this issue online, please click here. The Introduction is FREE to access.

BBC Radio 4 interview on 'Geoengineering' with SEG's Dr Rose Cairns

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BBC4 Geoengineering Podcast

As part of the BBC Radio 4's 'Frontier's Radio programme on 11th December 2013, Gaia Vince talks to natural and social scientists about geoengineering as a controversial approach to dealing with climate change. One of the interviewees is Dr Rose Cairns, Research Fellow at the Sussex Energy Group, whose current research examines the social, geopolitical and ethical implications of the growing interest in technological manipulations of the climate and climatic processes as a response to climate change. To find out more about Rose's current research project on geoengineering, click here.

Have you heard about our Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand?

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Three fully-funded PhD studentships in Innovation and Energy Demand are now available! For more details on on the scholarships, please click here.
An overview of CIED's aims, programmes, themes and projects, as well as key contacts can be found in the CIED brochure [PDF 182KB].

 Sussex Energy Group Newsletter

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SEG Newsletter December 2014 



Our MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability

Energy Policy for Sustainability

Find out more about our MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability!

Sussex Energy Group is also involved
in the delivery of the MSc in Climate Change & Policy


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