Energy saving in a hurry: A research agenda and guidelines to study European responses to the 2022–2023 energy crisis

Yael Parag, Tina Fawcett, Sam Hampton, Nick Eyre

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This winter exceptionally high energy prices are forcing many householders and businesses in Europe to change the way they use energy. It is important to learn how their energy use changes over a short period of time, the effects of government actions, which policies work and which fail, and what trade-offs emerge. The digital society offers unique opportunities to collect quantitative and qualitative data and to learn about these changes while they happen. However, researchers are not used to planning and executing rapid research. We propose a research agenda and some guidelines and thoughts on practical aspects of executing research in a hurry. The frequency of energy shortages due to extreme weather events is likely to increase. Therefore, lessons from good research on coping strategies, and on the economic, social, and environmental implications of this are vital for better policymaking. As researchers, we should try to follow Winston Churchill's advice ‘never to waste a good crisis’.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102999
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
Early online date18 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Yael Parag reports financial support was provided by Israel Science
Foundation. Tina Fawcett, Nick Eyre and Sam Hampton report financial
support was provided by Innovate UK and by the Engineering and
Physical Sciences Research Council. The corresponding author, Yael
Parag, is on the editorial board of the journal ERSS

Data availability
No data was used for the research described in the article


  • Energy emergency
  • Energy research
  • Energy saving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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