Karen Turner profile

One of a series of profiles of people working in the End Use Energy Demand Centres and associated projects across the country.




Professor Karen Turner

EUED Centre/Project

Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) – Energy Saving Innovations and Economy-Wide Round Effects

Tell us about your work

I am PI on the above EUED ‘Working with Centres’ project. We are based at the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. I have been working on this project for a year now with a wider team at Strathclyde. My main current focus is considering how rebound can be framed in a less negative way for energy efficiency policy, and how we may decouple economic expansionary effects of increased energy efficiency from rebound in carbon-intensive energy use.

What were your previous roles?

I became Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde just shortly before our EUED project began. However we secured the funding while I was Professor of Energy Economics at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. I came ‘home’ to Strathclyde having done my PhD and post-doctoral work with the Strathclyde Fraser of Allander Institute team who are our partners on the EUED project.

What do you see as the key important area that needs to be focussed on to reduce energy demand and meet carbon emission reduction targets?

The promotion of efficiency (not just in energy use) lies at the core of our efforts. This, coupled with more competitive market design and behaviour so that so that positive competitiveness effects of increased efficiency in production of the ‘right’ type of goods and services spill forward. This will help us continue to enjoy economic growth but on a lower carbon trajectory.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I am not personally all about technological innovation and energy efficiency. I have an old style mobile phone that just does calls and texts and a calculator that draws on 6 volts via 4 AA batteries. I got it on a recent one of my regular outings to hunt for vintage Sylvac ceramic animal caricature figures to add to a collection that features in most rooms of my house.

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