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In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy - Energy@Cambridge Grand Challenge -

In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy is an Energy@Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative Grand Challenge, which focuses on developing and delivering new collaborative activities that deal with understanding the principles of formulating ‘good’ energy policies. Working with partner organisations from academia, industry and government we aim to develop strategies for applying these principles to support a diverse range of energy policy scenarios. 

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Our activities focus on a wide range of organisational structures (community groups, industries and governments), geographical regions, and existing and emerging energy technologies. 

Some of the key themes we explore in order to better understand energy policy trade-offs include:

  • Institutional design and new business models
  • Sustainable energy models
  • Legacy investments 
  • The use of evidence and prediction
  • Consumers, public trust, understanding, attitudes and beliefs
  • Concepts of what is ‘good’ and ‘just’ in the context of energy policy
  • The role of the state and collective action

The activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge are supported by an interdisciplinary co-ordination committee chaired by Professor Michael Pollitt. Our research community spans the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological and physical sciences and technology.

We organise collaborative research projects, stakeholder engagement activities, industry and public sector focused events and workshops, an international visitor and exchange programme, and publish research and working papers. The In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Seminar Series explores what constitutes a ‘good’ policy from different disciplinary perspectives. Click here for the full Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.


In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge supported the Platform on International Energy Governance inaugural in June 2017: "An Inclusive Energy Transition?" event. The platform brings together universities and research centres active in international energy law and policy. The full conference report can be downloaded here.

A workshop on Chinese Power Market Reform and Opportunities for UK Business was held in May 2017 with the British Embassy in China, EPRG and Energy@Cambridge. The summary of the event is available here. 

Faith, Energy and Society Workshop was held in March 2017 and organised by the In search of 'good' energy policy coordination group led by Dr Jonathan Chaplin. It brought together academics and practitioners from different disciplines and institutions throughout the UK. The full commentary, “Harnessing religious energies for better energy policy”, is available by clicking here.


For further information about the activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge, contact: