Technological advances are required to decarbonise industry, but we will be unable to deploy these rapidly and fairly without effective policy and regulation, community acceptance of the new technologies, and a suitably skilled workforce. IDRIC’s whole-systems approach means that our social science research addresses all these issues and accelerates industrial decarbonisation whilst ensuring a just transition to net zero.

Some of our social science projects’ outputs include:

MIP 3.4: Net zero sense of place

Net Zero Sense of Place

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter

Though deep dialogue with people living close to industrial clusters, this project has produced a comprehensive framework that supports industry and policy makers in designing and deploying industrial decarbonisation in a way that fully engages local communities.

Enabling Skills for the Industrial Decarbonisation Supply Chain

Professor Joseph Howe, (Formerly) University of Chester

After quantifying the programmes, projects and infrastructure required to achieve decarbonisation in the UK, this project concluded that a workforce of c. 350,000 additional people will be needed by 2050. The team are now working with stakeholders across the UK to address this skills shortage.

MIP 9.1 Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters

Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters

Professor Peter Taylor, University of Leeds

This project aims to inform the UK’s industrial decarbonisation plans by identifying lessons learned and best practice from international experience. This year, it brought together participants from 14 countries from across the globe in a workshop to share knowledge and build new international alliances.

Labour market and other wider economy challenges in decarbonising the UK’s industry clusters (LAB CLUSTER)

Professor Karen Turner, University of Strathclyde

This project has provided much needed clarity on how and to what extent labour supply constraints in the UK and regional markets, interacting with other prevailing economic conditions, may affect the delivery and operation of decarbonisation projects in the UK’s industrial clusters.