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Training for a Hydrogen Economy based Renewable Energy Society in the Anthropocene

Project description

European doctoral network on hydrogen regulation

Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the THERESA project will establish a doctoral research programme focused on the systematic legal analysis of hydrogen economy. PhD candidates will receive training in regulatory intervention on hydrogen, which is a complex and growing field of regulation characterised by a highly fragmented legal framework. As an emerging economy, it presents risks, uncertainties and legal and academic challenges that need to be addressed. In this regard, THERESA has a triple focus: reduce sectoral fragmentation, promote the sustainable use of hydrogen and stimulate social engagement to the hydrogen economy. In order to achieve the objectives of the project, a methodology based on doctrinal and comparative analysis as well as empirical legal research will be used.


Thanks to the long standing collaborations among the Universities of Rovira i Virgili (Spain), Groningen (the Netherlands) and Eastern Finland (Finland), THERESA proposes the first European doctoral programme for legal specialists in the field of the hydrogen economy. In the context of climate emergency and socio-ecological transition of the Anthropocene, Green hydrogen is a promising energy carrier to facilitate the transition to an energy system based on renewable energies. Hydrogen can replace natural gas as a feedstock and help fossil-based economic sectors for which electrification is not possible, or excessively burdensome, to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the development of a hydrogen market is characterized by uncertainties and associated economic, societal and environmental risks. The few existing scholarly legal studies on this subject matter highlights the fragmentation of the regulatory framework applying to hydrogen. THERESA combines the focus on three specific themes of regulatory intervention in the hydrogen economy – 1) reducing sectoral fragmentation to spur socio-environmental sustainability; 2) enabling sustainable circular use of hydrogen; and 3) societal engagement in the hydrogen economy – with three methodological approaches – doctrinal constructivism, empirical legal research and legal comparativism – to advance scientific knowledge and form the doctoral experts needed to contribute to the development of a hydrogen economy. THERESA encompasses a fully-fledged training programme offering substantive, theoretical, methodological and transferable skills to the Early State Researchers. THERESA addresses the gender dimension and other diversity aspects not only in the ESRs selection, but also in its theoretical framework.

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Net EU contribution
€ 503 942,40
43003 Tarragona

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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