Placement of 20 energy-SSH early-stage researchers into 10 Horizon 2020 energy projects

Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy (SHAPE-ENERGY) is a €2m investment through the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Specifically, it represents a new European platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (energy-SSH). Energy-SSH has played less of a role to date in shaping (European) energy policy than Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In funding this project, the European Commission is supporting better integration of energy-SSH into the policy process. SHAPE-ENERGY is running for two years (from 1 February 2017), and is co-ordinated by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK).

Through the ESR programme, ENTPE will manage the placement of 20 energy-SSH early-stage researchers into 10 Horizon 2020 energy projects. Working in pairs (2 researchers per project) they will support the project coordinators, over 2-4 week placements, to identify ways in which SSH can be embedded in their remaining deliverables.

These placements are an opportunity for host and interns to reflect on how to help social sciences and humanities work become embedded into existing energy initiatives to maximise impact.

PhD researchers could for example:

  • undertake additional analysis of collected data;
  • reach out to SSH researchers who may be interested in the project;
  • interview project partners to help evaluate the project;
  • assist with events, and talk to stakeholders about their engagement with the project;
  • attend consortium meetings, and observe cross-partner working.

The 20 placements will take place between September and December 2017. Travel bursaries (1.030€ for travel & accommodation) will be provided to facilitate the involvement of ESRs. It is still time to apply and several European projects on energy are waiting for contact to work with PhD students in SHS!

For more information please contact Dr. Delphine Burguet ( and Dr. Nathalie Ortar (

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