Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition

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Domaine de recherche :
Type de financement :
Type d'instrument :
Recherche & Innovation Action
Deadline :
Mardi 27 Août 2019
Budget indicatif :
entre 1 et 3 millions d'euros par projet
Budget total :
10 millions d'euros
Code de l'appel : LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020
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Specific Challenge:

The clean-energy transition doesn't just pose technological and scientific challenges; it also requires a better understanding of cross-cutting issues related to socioeconomic, gender, sociocultural, and socio-political issues. Addressing these issues will help to devise more effective ways of involving citizens and to better understand energy-related views and attitudes, ultimately leading to greater social acceptability as well as more durable governance arrangements and socioeconomic benefits.


In 2019, proposals should be submitted under the theme "Challenges facing carbon-intensive regions". All proposals should adopt a comparative perspective, with case studies or data from at least three European Union Member States or Associated Countries.

2019: Challenges facing carbon-intensive regions: The transition to a low-carbon energy system and economy poses particular challenges for regions that are still heavily dependent on fossil-fuel-based industries or the extraction of fossil fuels themselves ("coal and carbon-intensive regions"). At the same time, this transition offers major opportunities for developing new lines of business and for increasing the competitiveness of structurally weak regions. Focusing on the past 5-10 years up to the present, particular attention should be focused on the following issues:

  • What are the principal socio-economic challenges facing coal and carbon-intensive regions today and what effect have these had on livelihoods and the sustainability of local and regional economies?
  • What coping strategies have emerged in recent years? What are the principal differences between regions that are coping well and those that are not?
  • To what extent have coal and carbon-intensive regions experienced outward migration in recent years and in what way has this affected their social and demographic composition?
  • What effect, if any, have these changes had on the rise of populism and of anti-democratic attitudes in the regions concerned?

Expected Impact:

The proposed research will:

  • provide a better understanding of socioeconomic, gender, sociocultural, and socio-political factors and their interrelations with technological, regulatory, and investment-related aspects, in support of the goals of the Energy Union and particularly its research and innovation pillar;[2]
  • yield practical recommendations for using the potential of social innovation to further the goals of the Energy Union, namely, to make Europe's energy system more secure, sustainable, competitive, and affordable for Europe's citizens;
  • yield practical recommendations for addressing the challenges of the clean-energy transition for Europe's coal and carbon-intensive regions, including socioeconomic and political ones.