Project organisation

Partners map

Consortium partners

The NEWCOMERS consortium consists of 8 partners from 6 different EU Member States, which are geographically spread: Sweden, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia and Italy.

While ensuring the benefits of a geographical diverse composition of the consortium, all partners included bring together the various specific competencies needed to carry out the research in the NEWCOMERS project.

The NEWCOMERS consortium is put together by the following main criteria:

  • scientific excellence,
  • coverage of all necessary disciplines,
  • engagement with stakeholders,
  • management expertise, and
  • regional and gender balance.

We include several leading research groups in the field of technological and institutional change in Europe and combine this with in-depth knowledge of transition processes and social innovation in the energy sector.

The consortium represents expert knowledge across a broad spectrum from technological to economic and social sciences. Each partner has been carefully chosen to reflect leading expertise in the tasks and Work Packages they participate in.

Partners

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), as coordinating partner, is internationally well-known for its high-quality scientific research and has extensive experience in doing research and management of EU projects. IVM’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development and to care for the environment through excellent scientific research and teaching. A unique feature of the institute is our capacity to cut through the complexity of natural-societal systems through novel interdisciplinary approaches.

Dr. Julia Blasch
Dr. Julia Blasch
Dr. Nicolien van der Grijp
Dr. Nicolien van der Grijp
Prof. Dave Huitema
Prof. Dave Huitema
Ruud van Ooijen, Project manager
Ruud van Ooijen, Project manager
Bianca Vermeer, MSc
Bianca Vermeer, MSc
Daniel Petrovics, MSc
Daniel Petrovics, MSc

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University conducts interdisciplinary research, in close cooperation with stakeholders from government, industry, with the aim of exploring and advancing knowledge in the design, application and evaluation of strategies, policies and tools for a transition towards sustainable solutions.

Prof. Jenny Palm
Prof. Jenny Palm
Prof. Nancy Bocken
Prof. Nancy Bocken
Dr. Katharina Reindl
Dr. Katharina Reindl

The energy research programme of Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford focusses on the social, political, technological and economic issues raised by our need for transitions to secure, low environmental impact and equitable energy systems. It works with partners in business, academia and communities to understand environmental change and explore responses to the risks and opportunities it poses. The ECI is a leading player in large research activities, including the UK Climate Impacts Programme, the world’s largest climate citizen science ensemble, and major EU consortium programmes.

Dr. Sarah Darby
Dr. Sarah Darby
Dr. Jake Barnes
Dr. Jake Barnes

The Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana is involved through the Center for Social Psychology (CSP) and the Centre for Methodology and Informatics (CMI). CSP is a leading center that deals with the analysis of the social inter-space between macro-sociological structures and institutions and practices that belong to the micro-sphere of everyday life. The research programme of the Centre includes the study of family life, life styles and identity formation, as well as bio-politics such as health, and is oriented towards the study of specific social groups and minorities that are subjected to social exclusion.

CMI is a leading center in two fields of research: social science methodology and social informatics, especially measurement and explanation of information society, research on web communities, use of mathematical models in the social sciences, web qualitative methods, development of methods for studying internet technologies and development of methods and tools for social network measurement and analysis.

Dr. Tanja Kamin
Dr. Tanja Kamin
Dr. Urša Golob
Dr. Urša Golob
Dr. Tina Kogovšek
Dr. Tina Kogovšek
 dr. Jernej Berzelak
dr. Jernej Berzelak

The Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano” (ITAE), is a research institute belonging to the National Research Council (CNR). ITAE is one of European leading research center in the fuel cells and renewable energy fields and a full member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative of the European Community. The research activity is based on a multidisciplinary knowledge and concerns both the study of materials and components and the realization of prototypes. ITAE investigates, also, to the social and economic impacts of energy technologies on which the institute focuses its scientific and technical activities.

Dr. Agatino Nicita
Dr. Agatino Nicita
Gaetano Squadrito
Gaetano Squadrito
Gaetano Cacciola
Gaetano Cacciola

RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI) is a leading centre for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany and a member of the Leibniz Association, connecting 93 independent research institutions from a broad range of disciplines. The applied research at RWI fulfils the highest academic standards and results are regularly published in renowned academic journals.

Dr. Mark Andor
Dr. Mark Andor
Dr. Stephan Sommer
Dr. Stephan Sommer

Consensus Communications has major experience with supporting the energy sector in Slovenia by developing long-term strategies and action plans, organising educational and awareness raising activities, and engaging stakeholders through workshops and partnerships.

Mag. Mojca Drevenšek
Mag. Mojca Drevenšek
Pia Slabe, mag.
Pia Slabe, mag.

GEN-I, the industry partner of the consortium, is recognized as one of the leading electricity trading players across the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European regions. Its staff has extensive operational experience of managing virtual power plants as well as implementing novel energy services and products intended to engage household end users.

Dr. Dejan Paravan
Dr. Dejan Paravan
Dr. Rok Lacko
Dr. Rok Lacko
Dubravka Gramc
Dubravka Gramc
Maša Mlinarič
Maša Mlinarič

Scientific advisory board

The external Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) provides expert advice on the project as a whole and on individual tasks. The members of the advisory board are selected for their:

  • experience in research and project management,
  • prominent role in their respective scientific communities and in national and international policy making, and
  • links to relevant stakeholders.

Prof. Lucia Reisch

Expertise relevant to the project:
  • Behavioural economics, consumer policy;
  • Sustainable consumer behaviour; Intercultural consumer behaviour;
  • Consumers and new technologies

Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright

Expertise relevant to the project:
  • Environmental social sciences;
  • Social and psychological aspects of siting new energy infrastructure;
  • Conceptions of citizenship applied to energy and environmental problems

Prof. Andrej Gubina

Expertise relevant to the project:
  • Electrical engineering;
  • Integration of distributed renewable generation and energy storage in the power systems;
  • Local energy communities;
  • Power systems economics and operation

Work packages

Overview of NEWCOMERS Work Packages and their relationship.

Work Package (WP) No. Short Description Lead beneficiary
WP 1 Project  management and coordination VUA - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
WP 2 Theoretical framework, typology and case study guidance VUA – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
WP 3 Mapping and comparison of national polycentric settings LU – Lund University, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)
WP 4 Emergence and operation of NEWCOMERS UOXF – University of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute (ECI)
WP 5 Potential for conservation and demand response RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
WP 6 Current & potential benefits for members and society UL – University of Ljubljana
WP 7 Synthesis and co-creation of policy recommendations VUA - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
WP 8 Communication, dissemination and exploitation CONS – Consensus Communications
WP 9 Ethics requirements VUA – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)