The Loughborough Centre for Sustainable Transitions: Energy, Environment and Resilience (STEER)

STEER’s aim is to develop world-class, agenda-setting research to support delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on SDG 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and inter-connected SDGs.

Vision

The Centre’s name reflects both its thematic focus (energy, environment and resilience) and its philosophy and approach of supporting practitioners, decision-makers and other key actors in implementing sustainable transitions.

The STEER team are at the centre of major international research and policy networks that can shape global dialogue and action on climate resilient development and energy transitions, helping deliver the 2030 SDG targets and supporting sustainable development post-2030.

Research themes

Our current research is organised around three themes reflecting the current strengths of the STEER team:

Socially just energy systems

As embodied in the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), the FCDO-funded Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme, and the EU-funded Sustainable Technical Energy Assistance (SETA) programme in Kenya using the Energy Delivery Models (EDM) inclusive and integrated energy planning approach, as well as innovative financing approaches such as Energy Safety Nets  (social protection approaches to delivering energy access to the poorest and most vulnerable groups).

Systems analysis and energy modelling

This includes the development of massive open online data sets as well as free open-source analysis software and is a key component of the FCDO-funded Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme co-led by Loughborough University. CCG research will feed into the UN Climate Change Summit being hosted by the UK in November 2021 (COP26).

Community energy resilience

Supported by an Engineering for Development Research Fellowship awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This innovative work currently includes participating in the Community Energy Systems and Sustainable Energy Transitions project (CESET), increasing solar energy uptake through the UN Expert Group on Resource Management, promoting sustainable practices in post-disaster response through Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters (QSAND) and supporting energy resilience in Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

STEER’s identity going forward will be based around shared, cross-cutting research agendas. These include:  (I) the interface between science and policy; (ii) political economy, planning and decision-making, (iii) the role of communications and global networking and; (iv) innovation in development financing and financial innovation.

Team

Professor Ed Brown

Professor of Global Energy Challenges

Dr Long Seng To

RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow and Lecturer in Resilient Energy Systems

Dr Sarah Wykes

Senior Research Associate in Energy Planning

The STEER team are at the centre of major international research and policy networks that can shape global dialogue and action on climate resilient development and energy transitions, helping deliver the 2030 SDG targets and supporting sustainable development post-2030.

The team also contribute to global and regional summer schoolsonline courses  and the following master’s programmes: