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Social innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Objective

Understanding citizen acceptance of the Energy Union, responsiveness to socioeconomic incentives for increased ownership, and prosumerism requires a multidisciplinary understanding of social systems and inclusiveness and robustness of policymaking depends on having empirically and theoretically grounded methodological tools to assess and adapt policy strategies. SMARTEES addresses this need by an iterative process: (1) integration of theories and methodologies of social innovation and agent-based socio-economic simulation in a comprehensive, flexible framework; (2) unprecedented data collection and integration in five trans-European case clusters in the domains of consumer-driven regenerative energy production, energy efficiency in buildings, low-carbon regional transport and consumer empowerment; (3) dynamic, multilevel agent-based models of successful innovation transfer; which ultimately lead to (4) a policy sandbox which allows a realistic prospective analysis of existing and future policy and market incentive scenarios. Each case cluster addresses a particular social innovation and consists of two reference cases and 4-5 followers. This enables SMARTEES to study the upscaling and replicability in different contexts. The policy sandbox is developed in a co-constructive process with users on the case level and in policymakers workshops on the European level. By doing this, SMARTEES contributes to robust and adaptive future policymaking, understanding of barriers and sources of resistance, the effects of the Energy Union on vulnerable consumer groups, genders and cultures. Furthermore, SMARTEES substantially drives advancement of social innovation and social simulation research by dynamic modelling of supply chains, companies, social groups, cities and neighbourhoods. In addition to making all modelling code and findings publically available, SMARTEES also ensures long term impact of the project by developing a commercialized version of the policy sandbox tool.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 024 882

Participants (10)

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 452 688,75
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONOSCENZA E INNOVAZIONE SOCIETA ARESPONSABILITA LIMITATA SEMPLIFICATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 421 250
Address
Via Guido Reni 56
00196 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 432 312,50
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENERGIEINSTITUT AN DER JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITAT LINZ VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 436 875
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITATEA DE VEST DIN TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 160 675
Address
Bd Vasile Parvan 4
300223 Timisoara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 435 872,50
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 384 500
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
SAMSO ENERGIAKADEMI FORENING
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 74 057,50
Address
Strandengen 1
8305 Samso
Activity type
Research Organisations
ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL*
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 675
Address
Broad Street Town House
AB10 1FY Aberdeen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
URBANISLAND AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 89 250
Address
Dala 1261
242 97 Horby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)