CEU supports POLET as part of its Intellectual Themes Initiative

Central European University (CEU) have provided support to POLET as part of the Energy and Society theme within the Intellectual Themes Initiative. POLET@CEU is based on a simple idea that understanding energy transitions requires a dialogue between these three scholarly communities: energy modellers, STS scholars and political scientists. However, since these are fundamentally different social disciplines such a dialogue is quite difficult to organise: there are no appropriate journals, conferences, or associations.

POLET@CEU builds CEU’s its interest in social transitions, its ambition to advance social science and humanities, and its focus on major problems of the 21st century. CEU will use its expertise in Political Science and connect to the global energy modelling networks through a partnership with IIASA, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna. We involve the School of Public Policy and the Business School with its focus on clean energy innovations and we plan to engage with the Sustainable Transitions Research Network (STRN), the main association of STS scholars working on energy transitions. 

POLET@CEU also takes advantage of CEU’s expertise in energy history through involving the History Department and the Science Studies Program. History is indispensable for understanding energy transitions by making it it possible to ground-truth some of the key findings about future energy. For example, it is only through looking at history that it was possible for energy modellers to establish whether the rates of technological change observed in their models have ever occurred in reality. And it is only through the lense of history, that STS scholars can establish under which conditions technological innovation leads to social change.