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Responding to the challenges imposed by climate change and energy supply security, the EU and its member countries have set ambitious goals regarding de-carbonisation of energy production and consumption. To reach these goals, stakeholders need to take diverse courses of action, including investing in renewable energy technologies, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances and encouraging energy saving habits and practices.
The European Platform for Energy Research in the Socio-economic Nexus (PERSON) was established as a result of the Brussels expert meeting in June 2014 during the Sustainable Energy Week 2014.
The platform connects independent experts from all over Europe who represent the top of their research field. They all acknowledge that there still is room for improvement in involving Socio-economic Sciences in energy research in Horizon 2020.
The goal of PERSON is to unite and advise European top-class socio-economic energy research on the human dimensions of sustainable energy transitions to promote a secure, clean and efficient energy system.
The scope of the platform is SSH energy research with societal impact. The focus is on both supply and demand of energy, centering on the role of a variety of actors in the energy transition debate. The Platform highlights the crucial role of involving SSH research knowledge in issues of sustainable energy transitions.
Sustainable Energy Week 2014 in Brussels: Establishment of PERSON platform after the expert meeting
Presenting the Positioning Paper
European Commission invitation to PERSON representative to join in formal EC workshop
Workshop European Commission: PERSON takes on the invitation of the European Commission to explore a suitable platform for Europe
March 27 2015
Formal recognition of the existence and importance of PERSON by the European Commission
Sustainable Energy Week 2015 in Brussels: Expert meeting PERSON
The PERSON platform is the knowledge platform that bridges the gap between science and society in the field of energy transition, especially in Social Sciences and Humanities.
It brings together top researchers from all over Europe. The platform plays a key role in the further developments of Europe´s energy future.
In developing a European Energy Union, there is a need for new insights concerning the role of consumers. The role of European citizens is of utmost importance: a bottom-up approach is an essential added value in the European top-down design of the Energy Union. The platform serves as a knowledge hub that creates high impact from all disciplines of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Our research results will be applicable throughout the value chain of products and services in the energy field.
Linda Steg is professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She studies factors and strategies promoting pro-environmental behaviour and a sustainable energy transition. Her research also focuses on matters such as the behavioural-scientific explanation of domestic energy use, stimulating energy savings, the acceptance of environmental policy and the effects of policy and environmental conditions on people’s wellbeing. Steg is member of the Scientific Board of the Groningen Energy and Sustainable Program at the University of Groningen, and scientific director of the Kurt Lewin Institute. Moreover, Steg is the coordinator of the European platform PERSON.
Sharon Smit is Director of Sustainable Society, one of the three societal topics of the University of Groningen. She has been working on the development of the PERSON platform as from the start in 2014. Sharon supports Linda Steg in the work for the PERSON platform. You can contact her for strategic and practical questions concerning the PERSON platform.
Govert Buijs is EU Liaison Officer for the University of Groningen, based in Brussels and Groningen. He has been involved in the development of PERSON from the very start. Govert supports the platform coordinator in all matters relating to public affairs.
Simone Abram is Reader in Energy Studies at Durham University in the Department of Anthropology, and is a Director of the Durham Energy Institute. Her research has addressed public engagement in governance, based on ethnographic fieldwork in England, Norway and France. She has published books, articles and films on local planning, protest and participation, and on landscape and nature practices in different contexts.
Catherine Banet is Associate Professor in petroleum and energy law at the University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Norway. Her core fields of legal expertise include energy law (oil, gas and electricity), environmental law, competition law - state aids -, and EU/EEA law. Her research topics include renewable energy, support schemes, energy markets and energy infrastructures regulation, petroleum regulation, energy efficiency, climate change, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and smart grid deployment. Catherine has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is actively used as a lecturer at international universities (Oslo, Firenze, Reykjavik and Malta) and conferences. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section on Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Law of the IBA, board member of the ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation (Norway), and member of the committee on energy and environmental law of the Norwegian Center for Continuing Legal Education.
Cecilia J. Bergstad, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden, is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, where she heads the research group, Environment Psychology Unit, works as a lecturer and as a director of studies. She participates in several interdisciplinary research projects within Chalmers Sustainable Transport Initiative and Mistra Urban Futures. She also chairs the Swedish environmental psychology group. Main research interests include the application of psychological knowledge to behavioural change, environmental policy implementation, sustainability and well-being. Her current research focuses on motivational factors linked together with social and psychological factors, future trends in private car use and sustainable energy consumption among younger generations.
Marino Bonaiuto is full professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Bonaiuto is PhD board member at the Department of Psychology of Socialization and Development Processes and CIRPA director (Interuniversity Centre for Research in Environmental Psychology). He is also president of the master course in Psychology of Communication and Marketing. Bonaiuto’s expertise: residential environments; healthcare environments; green and natural areas; work environments; both verbal and nonverbal and organizational communication.
Lukas Burs is Research Assistant at Hochschule Ruhr West, Muelheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany and PhD Candidate at University of Twente (NL). His research interests focus on the adoption of eco-innovations. More precisely, in his PhD trajectory he is investigating the consumers’ adoption of battery electric vehicles and the influence of multiple stakeholders on the adoption decision. He has finished his master degree in Business Administration, specializing on international marketing management. In the past three years he contributed to a project, investigating success factors for battery electric vehicles in corporate fleets.
Andreas Diekmann is since 2003 professor of Sociology at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland. Before this, he worked as professor for Empirical Social Research and Social Statistics at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Diekmann is currently member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, chairman of the section “Economics and Empirical Social Sciences” and member of the senate of the Leopoldina. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology and a member at the board of various scientific research institutions. His research focuses on experimental game theory, research methods and statistics, environmental sociology and population sociology.
Birgitta Gatersleben is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology and course director of the MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. Her research concentrates around two areas: understanding environmental behaviour (in particular transport and energy behaviour) and human experiences with nature. Because of her multidisciplinary focus she has ties with academics in other departments, faculties and universities (both on a national and international level). Through these collaborations she has been involved in a wide range of successful research bids from UK research councils, government and the EU.
Nina Hansen is an associate professor of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen (NL). She has extensive research expertise and is a pioneer as a Social- Psychologist in the domain of cultural change driven by modernization in countries around the world. In this context, her research focuses on the (often unintended) consequences of interventions that introduce modern innovations such as energy, ICTs, microfinance, and novel education initiatives. Her unique expertise in qualitative and quantitative research is exemplified in several multidisciplinary research projects and academic publications. She is frequently invited to collaborate with a number of international development organizations, governmental, and research institutions in the areas of social impact assessments in the field of modernization and education.
Frank Hindriks is professor of ethics, social and political philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen. He received a Veni-grant (Normativity in Action: A New Theory of Moral Responsibility), as well as an MVI grant (Towards a Sustainable Electricity Market; together with Machiel Mulder), both from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Hindriks is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Social Ontology, and the vice-president of the International Social Ontology Society. His research in ethics concerns intentional action, moral responsibility, and the role of rationalizations in moral judgment. His research in social and political philosophy concerns social groups, institutions, and organizations with a particular focus on the freedom they (fail to) provide and the responsibilities they give rise to. Hindriks has published in journals such as Economics and Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Mind & Language, Philosophical Psychology, the Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophical Studies.
Sverker C. Jagers is professor in political science at Luleå University of Technology and director of the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) at University of Gothenburg. Jagers main research areas are political and management issues related to the environment, natural resources and energy. He is specialized in environmental public opinion and behaviour, country-comparative environmental- and energy studies as well as democratic theory. He has also extensive experience of interdisciplinary research with other social sciences as well as natural science and engineering. He has been awarded numerous grants from, e.g., The Swedish Research Council, The Research Council for Environment, Agriculture and Spatial Planning (Formas), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ) and The Norwegian Research Council. He has been published in several high-ranking journals within the area.
Lise Jans is associated with the University of Groningen as a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Social Psychology and is a lecturer at the University College Groningen - an interdisciplinary faculty focusing on social issues in the domain of energy and sustainable society. Her research expertise lies in the domain of group processes and the emergence of shared identity. Recently she has started to apply this expertise to the energy domain, examining the social factors that predict success and the spreading of local initiatives on the energy market.
Péter Kaderják is the Director of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest (www.rekk.eu). Since 2004 he has been serving as Training Director for ERRA’s in-house energy regulatory trainings. He is also directing a postgraduate program in Energy Economics at Corvinus University since 2010. He is research partner in the “European Energy Institute” at University of Leuven and a regular lecturer at the Florence School of Regulation. Kaderják has directed several recent research efforts with regional relevance. In 2011 he was appointed as alternate member of ACER’s(Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) Board of Appeal.
NWO (The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research)
Wendie Kingma is a policy officer at the social sciences department of NWO. She works on the Energy research programm which is one of the thematic programmes.
Christian A. Klöckner is a professor in social psychology and quantitative methods at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. There, he is leading the research group for “consumption, environment and traffic” which has a research focus on individual drivers and barriers of sustainable consumption and traffic behavior. He is interested in behavior modelling and behavior change modelling with complex quantitative techniques. Projects cover the whole range of environmental behavior from everyday actions (like travel mode choice, meat consumption, sea food consumption) to large scale investment decisions (like purchase of electric vehicles, upgrading energy standards of the house). He is also interested in studying mechanisms of environmental communication through arts and games.
Imre Kovách is sociologist, scientific adviser, Institute of Sociology CSS HAS, professor of sociology at the University of Debrecen, head of PhD programme. My main research interests focus on rural sociology, social integration and inequalities, urban-rural relations, climate change management, sustainable development, governance and power relations. I have wide experience of cross-European and other international researches. I was the co-ordinator of the research network, ‘Actors on changing European countryside’, and ‘De-peasantisation in late industrialised European countries’. I was the national coordinator of several FP researches (RURBAN, CORASON, COFAMI, GILDED, AgriEval, COST Action 12 on Rural Innovation). I am past president of European Society for Rural Sociology and I was vice-president of the International Rural Sociology Association and of EU COST Action 12. In 2015 I was elected for foreign corresponding member, Académie d’Agriculture de France. Moreover, I am member of editorial board, Sociologia Ruralis.
Marcus van Leeuwen
NWO (The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research)
Marcus van Leeuwen is senior policy officer at NOW. He is coordinator of all the thematic programmes of the social sciences department of NWO. He is closely involved in the development of thematic programmes on the topics of Logistics, Urbanisation, Energy and Infrastructure, etc. Marcus is a member of the JPI Urban Europe Governing Board and active in the ERA-net Transport.
ESAC, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
Marta Lopes is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at the Agriculture School of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra since 1999, and a researcher of INESC Coimbra, a R&D unit under the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research interests are focused at the human role in sustainable energy systems, particularly by combining engineering and SSH approaches. She has a significant experience as consultant collaborating with energy agencies and electric utilities in the design of behavioural change interventions promoting end-use energy efficiency.
Ellen Matthies has been a professor for Environmental Psychology at the Ottovon- Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany) since December 2011. Her main research field is man-environment-interactions with a focus on environmentally relevant behaviour (electricity use and car use) and sustainable consumption. Ellen Matthies was from August 2009 until November 2011 Professor for Environmental Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. From 2001 to 2010 she was an associate professor for Applied Psychology at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where she also received her PhD. She has lead several interdisciplinary research projects (e.g. the project “Determinants of household energy consumption” within the Helmholtz-Alliance ENERGY-TRANS).
Simon Matti is associate professor of political science at the Department of Economy, Technology and Social Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, a founding member of its multidisciplinary Sustainable Development Policy Research-group (SDPR), and a member of the board of the Swedish Political Science Association. Holding an expertise in research on environmental public policy, environmental public opinion and -behaviour as well as policy analysis, Dr Matti is currently involved as a senior researcher/PI in several projects on environmental public policy support and -legitimacy, as well as on institutional design for natural resource management. During 2015, he was consulted as an expert by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment’s Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives, analysing the prospects and implications of introducing a Climate Change Act in Sweden.
Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences
Boldizsár Megyesi MSc in Sociology and Horticultural Engineering, PhD in Sociology. Currently he is senior research fellow at the Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, and visiting fellow at the Hétfa Research Institute. His main research interests are long term effects of development policy on social and territorial inequalities, effects of climate change on rural areas, small scale food production in contemporary Europe. Most recently he participated in research on factors influencing the acceptance of agri-environmental schemes by farmers, the effects of policy interventions on house-hold energy use and the role of self-provisioning in food consumption.
Andreas Nilsson is an associate professor at the department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Nilsson is a Social and Environmental Psychologist, his main research areas concern energy behaviours, environmental attitudes, and policy support. Andreas Nilsson has PI experience from several projects investigating energy behaviour in households and organisations. He is currently leading a project on normative feedback and energy behaviour funded by the Swedish energy agency. He takes the following into account: knowledge on psychological motives and barriers on energy behaviour, behavioural change strategies, and acceptability concerning energy policy.
Sabine Pahl is Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology at Plymouth University. Her applied areas of interest are energy, marine conservation and restorative environments. She led the recent interdisciplinary EPSRC-funded eViz-project which developed and tested energy visualisations to reduce energy demand. The current H2020-funded enerGAware project aims to develop a serious game to address energy demand and fuel poverty in social housing tenants. Since 2010 Sabine has had research funded by various agencies including EPSRC, ESRC, FP7, DEFRA and H2020. She is the Secretary for the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Environmental Division and was the lead convenor for two sessions (behaviour change and perceptions of climate change) at the UNFCC COP21 science conference in Paris in July 2015.
Professor John Paterson is Co-Director of the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen, UK, where he helps to co-ordinate the LLM programmes in Oil and Gas Law and in Energy Law. He has been involved in a number of international projects both in research and teaching. He has provided specialist training in oil and gas law and corporate governance for the corporate sector, expert advice in international arbitration, and consultancy to international organisations. He is co-editor of Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends (third edition in preparation).
Kai Purnhagen is Assistant Professor of Law and Governance at Wageningen University. His research interests include EU and International Economic Law. He is author of over fifty book chapters and articles in law journals, natural science and social science journals including eg. Nature, the European Law Journal, The Journal of World Trade, the Journal of Consumer Policy, Journal of Chain and Network Science, European Business Law Review, and the European Law Review.
Ellen Roemer is Professor of Market Research and International Marketing at Hochschule Ruhr West, University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests focus on the adoption of eco-innovations and on the analysis of business relationships. She complements her theoretical work with empirical studies using qualitative and quantitative research designs, including longitudinal studies in which she applies Partial-Least-Squares (PLS) path modeling. She has published in leading Marketing Journals such as Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Management and Journal of Strategic Marketing.
Martha M Roggenkamp (Dr) is Professor of Energy Law at the University of Groningen and the director of the Groningen Centre of Energy Law. She is also the academic director of the master programme ‘Energy & Climate Law’, the coordinator of the North Sea Energy Law Programme and the leader of the faculty of law’s research line ‘Energy & Sustainability’. Her research lies in the field of energy law. She has written the monograph Oil and Gas: Netherlands Law and Practice and is a contributor to and co-editor of several books. In addition, she is a member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the IBA as well as the editorial advisory boards of the ‘Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law’, the ‘International Energy Law Review’ and ‘Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review’. She is also one of the editors of the Dutch Journal of Energy Law, the co-founder and chairperson of the Dutch Energy Law Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Energierecht) and the chairperson of the series ‘Energie & Recht’ (Energy & Law) published by Intersentia.
Angela Ruepert is a PhD researcher at the department of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on factors influencing environmental behavior in the organizational context. More specifically, she studies the influence of moral considerations and contextual factors, which she argues to be key factors, on direct as well as indirect energy use at work.
Martina Schäfer is the Scientific Director of the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) at Technische Universität Berlin. Prof. Schäfer has studied biology and completed PhDs in environmental engineering as well as sociology. She has coordinated numerous interdisciplinary projects in the areas of sustainable land use and consumption, sustainable regional development as well as energy research. Her methodological focus is the reflection of methods of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. Since 2011 she is the Speaker of the interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program “Microenergy Systems” which focuses on the development and implementation of decentralized energy supply in the global south. She is also involved in projects on the enhancement of energy efficiency and renewable energy use in close collaboration with engineering departments at TU Berlin.
Hanna Schebesta is Assistant Professor at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and Research Associate at the European University Institute (Italy). She holds a PhD from the European University Institute, and the degrees of LLM in European and International Law, LLB European Law, and BA European Studies from Maastricht University (the Netherlands). She is an experienced researcher with a strong expertise in designing research projects and project management. Her specialty areas are?? WTO and EU law, in particular commercial regulation, procedural law, and public procurement law with a keen interest on methodologies such as behavioural and systematic quantitative/qualitative approaches in law.
Geertje Schuitema is a Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption at the School of Business and the Energy Institute at the University College Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to Ireland, she received a PhD degree from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and was a research fellow at the Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen (UK) and at the faculty of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University (Denmark). In her research she generally aims to understand factors that influence and explain public acceptability of environmental policies and the acceptance of technologies aimed to reduce the negative impact on the environment.
Michael Siegrist is a Professor for Consumer Behaviour at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Prof. Siegrist studied Psychology, Economics and Mass Communication at the University of Zurich. Siegrist is an Associate Area Editor of the journal Risk Analysis and an Executive Editor of the journal Appetite. He has published numerous articles about risk perception, trust, risk communication, food behaviour and environmental decision making. His research focuses, at the moment, on the acceptance of different energy systems, climate change issues, sustainable food consumption and food hazards.
Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He is also Director of the Center for Energy Technologies and Professor of Business and Social Sciences in the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University in Denmark. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change. He is the recipient of the 2015 “Dedication to Justice Award” given by the American Bar Association and a 2014 “Distinguished Visiting Energy Professorship” at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School.
National Research Council
National Academy of Sciences
United States of America
Paul C. Stern is a senior scholar at the U.S. National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, working primarily with its Board on Environmental Change and Society (formerly the standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change). His research interests include the determinants of environmentally significant behaviour particularly at the individual level; participatory processes for informing environmental decision making; processes for informing environmental decisions; and the governance of environmental resources and risks. He is a long-time contributor to behavioural science research on energy consumption and served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change.
Jonas Stier is a professor of intercultural studies at Dalarna University, Sweden. His expertise includes interpersonal and intercultural communication, inclusion and identity and diversity and he has been involved in several international research projects and co-production projects on gender and ethnic diversity in preschools, inclusion in schools and citizenship education. Several of his books and scientific articles have been recognized as important scientific contributions to the academic and communities. Stier is the manager of the Dalarna University research spearhead Culture, Identity and Representation and a guest professor of sociology at Mälardalen University. He has been served as an expert for the European Council on ethnic and cultural diversity in the social services and on intercultural dialogue. To the project, Stier brings experience on intercultural interaction, cross-cultural value differences and intercultural communication.
Bernadette Sütterlin is a researcher and lecturer in Consumer Behavior at the Chair of Consumer Behavior at the Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In 2012, she received her PhD in psychology from ETH Zurich, where she is now working as a senior researcher. Her research interests include consumer behavior, judgment and decision making as well as public perception and acceptance of technologies, with a particular focus on environmental and energy-related issues.
John Thøgersen, Aarhus University, Department of Management, received his PhD (econ) from Aalborg University and his advanced doctoral degree, dr. merc., from Aarhus School of Business, now Aarhus University, Denmark. He is full professor since 2001. Thøgersen is head of the “Marketing and Sustainability” research group at the Department of Management. His current research projects include “EUInnovatE” – End User Integration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (7th FP). Thøgersen’s recently finished projects include “IMPROSUME” - The Impact of Prosumers in a Smart Grid based Energy Market,” and “READY” - Smart Grid Ready VPP Controller for Heat Pumps, both financed by Energinet. dk. Editor of the Journal of Consumer Policy, published by Springer.
Dr. Edwin Woerdman is Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands since 2004. He is also Co-director of the Groningen Centre of Energy Law since 2007. Woerdman (1970) graduated cum laude in political science at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he specialized in economic theory. He defended his PhD on climate law and economics in Groningen in 2002. He was Chairman of the Department of Law and Economics at the University of Groningen from 2005 until 2009. As of September 2015 he is Co-chairman of this Department. Woerdman is an expert in the field of emissions trading, including its implementation in the energy sector, with around 19 years of research experience on this subject. His publications include ‘The Institutional Economics of Market-Based Climate Policy’ issued by Elsevier, and ‘Essential EU Climate Law’ published by Edward Elgar.
Dr Olivia Woolley is a lecturer in energy and environmental law of the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen. She examines how law can be used to support the growth of renewable energy consumption as part of a low-carbon energy transition in her research. She has particular interests in offshore wind energy generation and transmission, including legal issues raised by the possibility of developing a North Sea electricity grid which she examined as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. Dr Woolley undertook a PhD between 2007 and 2011 at University College London. Ecological Governance, a book based on her doctoral research concerning the development of legal frameworks for protecting ecosystem functionality, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Nicky Dean is the Chief Editor of Nature Energy, a multidisciplinary energy research journal covering the natural and social sciences and economics, which he launched in January 2016. Before that, he spent four years as an editor for Nature Communications, where he looked after a broad range of topics across applied and fundamental physics and photonics, including solar cells and light-trapping structures for energy harvesting. Originally trained as a physicist, Nicky gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he carried out optical measurements on different material systems.
Anniek Mauser joined Unilever 14 years ago as a sustainability expert after finishing her PhD focusing on the greening of business with a special focus on internal change processes. She worked in various sustainability related roles: on Unilever’s global sustainable agriculture programme, the Ben & Jerry’s brand, the global ice-cream division and currently as Sustainability Director for Unilever Benelux. In her various roles she both contributed to the development of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, as embedding the Plan and way of working in the business. She believes landing the message and creating a consumer behaviour change is possibly one of the biggest challenges Unilever and society face in this area, and she therefore puts a special focus on this in her current role.
Irmeli Mikkonen works as a group leader of Consumer Choices in Sustainable Consumption and Society Unit at Motiva, Finland. Her major responsibilities lie in consumer advice and behaviour change projects, and in development of energy competence and training of professionals. She is the national contact point of the European Energy Network EnR, and has chaired the EnR Working Group on Energy-related Behaviour Change since 2007.
Mark O’Malley is the Professor of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), founder and Director of the Electricity Research Centre (http://erc.ucd.ie) an industry supported research group, chaired by the Irish energy regulator. His teaching and research interests are in Grid Integration of Renewable Energy. O’Malley is the Irish representative on the International Energy Agency Research Task 25: Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power.
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