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PSI seminar: alternative development options for responding to London's growth

Community, the very idea!

Kevin Burchell, Senior Research Fellow at Policy Studies Institute, has recently published work examining the idea of a community of participants in a demand-side community-energy project.

PSI seminar on low-carbon homes, 7 January

PSI seminar: Rachel Aldred discusses her cycling research

New PSI research examines relationship between employment, pay and poverty

A new report, published by the Work Foundation and written by researchers working for Policy Studies Institute and Coventry University, examines the relationship between employment, pay and poverty. It is one of a number of evidence reviews commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to support its development of an anti-poverty strategy for the UK.

Guide helps companies to align corporate sustainability initiatives and their influence on climate policy

While on secondment to influential environmental charity CDP, Ben Fagan-Watson from Policy Studies Institute has contributed to a major international study that aims to help multinational corporations report on their influence on climate change policy, and to align their corporate sustainability initiatives with their government relations, public affairs and policy work.

Event: Spatial Variation in Energy Use, Attitudes and Behaviours

This day-long event on Friday 7 February brought together researchers, policy makers, industry, the public sector and the third sector to share recent results on implications of the transition to smarter energy delivery and to synthesise the evidence base in support of appropriate public policies and commercial strategies.

Smart Grids to revolutionise energy use but benefits could bypass consumers

A new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), led by researchers at PSI, explores the emerging role of smart grids in the UK and presents a vision of the near future where energy use is monitored in real time, home appliances are automated, and Britain is powered by a network of community-run energy schemes.

Designing carbon taxation that does not unduly impact low-income households

There are strong policy arguments for removing environmentally damaging (perverse) subsidies and for introducing carbon taxation to help reduce carbon emissions. The difficulty from the perspective of social justice is that green taxes are unlike income tax; they do not directly relate to the ability to pay. This project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, co-ordinated by PSI's Simon Dresner, has examined if it would be possible to design a revenue-neutral carbon tax on household energy use and transport, with safeguards that would protect low-income households from negative impacts.

New PSI research reveals the erosion of children's independence

Research that has just been released shows that, over the past four decades, primary-school children in England have lost much of their freedom to get about in their local neighbourhood without adult supervision. This loss of independence applies to their leisure and recreational activities as well as to their travel to and from school. Only 25 per cent of primary-school children in England are allowed to travel home from school alone, compared with 86 per cent in 1971.

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