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Home energy and transport use in the United Kingdom

16 October 2020

This study examines home energy and transport use in the UK. The UK is moving towards a low-carbon society, with an increased use of renewable energy and sustainable transport options. We want to interview people either online or by phone in order to collect new information on both energy use at home and how households use transport. Our study aims to examine past and present home energy and transport needs in UK households to inform how to develop future government policies in these areas.


  • - 18+ years old
  • - Living within or near to Belfast (Northern Ireland), Dundee (Scotland), Liverpool (England), or Swansea (Wales)
  • - We can include those living in both urban and rural locations within these areas and people who commute to work in these locations
  • - Have found affording energy bills to be challenging
  • - Have found affording transport costs to be challenging, or have limited access to everyday transport (car or public transport)

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Ethical approval

The research has been approved by the Social Sciences & Arts Cross-Schools Research Ethics Committee (C-REC) at the University of Sussex.

About the researcher

This study is being led and organised by Dr Mari Martiskainen, a Senior Research Fellow based at the University of Sussex. Alongside Mari, two researchers, Dr Max Lacey-Barnacle, a Research Fellow also based at the University of Sussex and Dr Debbie Hopkins, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, will be conducting the research. The research is funded by the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

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