Energy

About the Research Cluster

The ISSP Energy cluster uses the convening power of the university to bring together university experts and key decision-makers from industry, government, Indigenous communities, local communities and environmental organizations to determine how energy can be developed, transported and consumed in a way that garners public confidence and benefits society at large.

The flagship project of the Energy Research cluster is Positive Energy, which undertakes pragmatic, applied, solution-oriented research to find out what works, what doesn’t, and how various energy interests can seek and obtain broad social support for energy policies, regulation and individual energy projects and technologies.

Positive Energy's latest report, Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change: How Partisanship, Polarization and Parochialism are Eroding Public Confidence, unpacks the core challenges and opportunities when it comes to building confidence in public authorities making decisions about Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change. The study also describes Positive Energy's research and engagement program for the next three years.

The Research Lead

Monica Gattinger

The Energy cluster is headed by Monica Gattinger, Director of the ISSP, Chair of Positive Energy and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences.

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