Our focus is on supporting enterprises, cities, regions and countries through energy transformations by training skilled individuals who are not only able to thrive in and benefit from the volatility and uncertainty inherent in this fast-changing energy world but also are comfortable operating across different institutional spaces.  

Our Flagship Taught Postgraduate Programme

This fresh, new programme for 2017 is a collaboration between the School of GeoSciences and the School of Social and Political Sciences.

The world is facing an ‘energy trilemma’; how to achieve energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. Whilst equipping students with an active understanding of low carbon technologies, policies and markets, this new MSc programme is focused squarely on analysing the social, societal and environmental dimensions of energy transitions. You will examine how citizens are involved in and are affected by changes in energy systems.

Wind and Sun


Our Student-Faculty Reading Group 

We run a regular reading group across Geoscience, School of Social and Political Sciences and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. These sessions are open to all, students and academics alike. We discuss a wide range of material, from policy documents to the latest research papers. For more information please contact Dr Faye Wade: Faye.Wade@ed.ac.uk

Dr Faye Wade profile page


PhD programmes 

The Energy and Society Network is home to a thriving community of doctoral scholars, at the cutting edge of social science research on global energy challenges. We host doctoral research projects on a range of topics connected to energy and society across the following disciplines and subject groups.