27 June 2012
The UCL Energy Institute hosted the launch of the UCL Energy Social Sciences Group on the evening of Wednesday 13th June.
The launch event provided an opportunity to learn more about the newly formed Social Sciences Group and how to get involved. The Group has been set up by students to provide a mutual support network for students and researchers whose work involves the social sciences. The group aims to help improve the application of the social sciences in energy research and make access to information and advice a little easier for all those using social science methods. This is particularly important because research in the energy sector brings with it very individual challenges to overcome when doing social science research.
Shipworth, Research Associate in Energy & Social Sciences at UCL-Energy, opened the launch event with a lively discussion of why the robust
application of the social sciences is vital for successful energy research. UCL-Energy PhD students Faye
Wade and Carrie Behar and MRes student Mike Fell then took to the floor to discuss the aims of
the Group and introduce an information repository they have developed. This is
a Moodle (the online learning management system used by UCL) page. The page is
accessible for UCL students and is currently acting as a database of
information to help students when applying the social sciences. This includes
student generated recommended reading lists, information and links to relevant
UCL guidance and links to external sites with help and tips for applying the social
The event culminated in a ‘Social Sciences Speed Dating’ session. The guests were given three minutes to discuss their research with the person opposite them and try to find something in common. If the success of this activity is anything to go by, we are sure to get some productive interactions and networking underway through this group! The UCL-Energy Social Sciences Group would welcome any advice and suggestions for activities or external involvement that would help to build social science networks and improve our application of the social sciences to energy research.
Text by Faye Wade
Top: Faye Wade and Mike Fell discuss aims of the group
Bottom: 'Social sciences speed dating'