11 September 2012
The workshop will be hosted by the UCL Energy Institute on Tuesday 11 September, 3.45pm - 7.30pm, Room 106 Roberts Building, UCL, to explore significant findings emerging from international research and to initiate a wider discussion on what constitutes an appropriate, progressive research programme. The research is highlighted in a special issue of Building Research & Information, published on 9 July http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rbri20/40/4
This workshop examines the nature, objectives and culture of research, and the evolving relationships between research communities, funders and stakeholders.
Key questions for the workshop are:
How can the research community better support and engage with the agenda of reducing overall energy and carbon consumption? In particular, to meet the policy demands to supply empirical evidence for policy evaluation; to meet practical demands for improving practices by a diverse array of clients, professionals and contractors.
The workshop will provide short presentations from the researchers. This will be followed by responses from stakeholders in government, industry, wider society and the research community.
Dr Libby Schweber, Reading University, 'Inter-disciplinarity: A view from the social sciences'
Professor Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University, 'Appraisal of UK funding frameworks for energy research in housing'
Dr Colin Axon, Brunel University, 'Building Communities: Reducing energy use in tennanted commercial property'
Faye Wade, a PhD student from the UCL Energy Institute, has written a blog about the event