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The University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by its values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

The University’s Sustainability Research Institute explores a wide range of issues including climate change, energy, transport, water, resource use, land-use, conservation, cities and communities, business and lifestyles – specialising in participatory, action-orientated research that brings together government, business, non-governmental organisations and local communities to enhance the relevance, quality and practical influence of their research.


Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in the capital city of Wales. The University excels in education, research and innovation building strong international relationships whilst delivering significant economic and social impact in Wales and the UK as a whole.

​The School of Psychology is one of the UK’s largest centres for psychology and neuroscience. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the schools research quality was ranked 2nd in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

The Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff School of Psychology conducts leading edge research into public and stakeholder engagement with a range of energy technology and environmental issues on both the supply and demand side. We are core members of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and also lead the social science work-stream of the Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) project, a £24 million research collaboration between South Wales Universities partnering with industry and local authorities to develop demonstrator projects in local communities to model future decarbonised and decentralised energy systems.


Cultivate Innovation is an energy focussed innovation research consultancy that connects people and empowers them to build high quality relationships that deliver lasting impact. It specialises in working with organisations who are delivering innovative low-carbon energy solutions.

Built upon experience of working at a senior level with both the private and public sectors, Cultivate is recognised by its clients as an organisation that can bridge the gap between academia, industry and consumers by understanding that engineers and investors speak very different languages and that these conversations take place in a context framed by policy regulations and broader societal needs.

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.


Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of £8bn, UKRI brings together the seven research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invests in world-leading research and postgraduate training across the engineering and physical sciences. Their research builds the knowledge and skills base needed to address scientific and technological challenges and provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

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