Science, Policy and Societal Needs: Renewable Energy Research in Portugal
The favorable political climate allowed for a consolidation of this area of research with the formation of new R&D units, research groups and graduate programmes, as well as an increase in R&D expenditure in the private sector. Given the centrality of energy issues in contemporary societies and the part renewable energies have to play in the future of energy systems, renewable energies present an opportunity to explore the changing dynamics between policy, private sector and scientific research. This presentation proposes to add to this discussion by drawing on a diverse set of data sources encompassing policy documents, official statistical data, bibliographic and project databases, and interviews with researchers.
This presentation is based on the work developed for the PhD programme in Sociology, in progress at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).