Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund project update

18 December 2020

As 2020 is rapidly drawing to a close, we are happy to announce that Dr Emilia Melville and Jack Nicholls, have been making excellent progress with their joint BSERF project, titled “Energy Democracy in Bristol's City Leap”.

This research is investigating possible forms of democratic participation in Bristol City Council’s City Leap project (such as citizen advisory boards or similar) which have buy-in from key stakeholders in neighbourhoods and communities in Bristol, Bristol City Council’s democracy agenda, the community energy sector, and the City Leap project.

The researchers have so far made excellent progress with the background research, and have completed initial interviews to inform their research. They intend to use a combination of purposive and snowball sampling for the remainder of the interviews - i.e. there is a long list of planned interviewees, but with an intention to adjust this as the interviews progress, as each interviewee may suggest further people to interview.

The outputs from this research will contribute to academic understanding of multi-stakeholder governance in a modern urban context, and give practical grounding to ideas for Energy Democracy, through creating concrete proposals in relation to a specific large city infrastructure project.

Emilia and Jack will be presenting their findings at an online conference hosted by CSE in mid-February and in March they will also be presenting the outcomes of this research to the short-listed investors who have submitted bids to the City Leap Project.

You can find out more information about the research projects on our BSERF website

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