Professor Karen Turner

Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy


Personal statement

Karen Turner is Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where she leads a portfolio of work UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), philanthropic organisations such as the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Bellona Foundation and various government and industry bodies. Karen’s main research interests lie in investigating and modelling the economy-wide and macroeconomic consequences of energy policy and industry developments, and considering how these may be effected, and consensus built around policy narratives,  to enable the deployment of different decarbonisation solutions. She has published extensively in policy and economics literatures on topics such as making the case for public support of residential energy efficiency programmes and addressing public policy challenges in unlocking value from the deployment of large scale decarbonisation solutions such as electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Karen has previously held academic posts at Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Just Transitions Commission


Policy options for funding carbon capture in regional industrial clusters : what are the impacts and trade-offs involved in compensating industry competitiveness loss?
Turner Karen, Race Julia, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Katris Antonios, Swales J Kim
Ecological Economics Vol 184 (2021)
The need for a net zero principles framework to support public policy at local, regional and national levels
Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Race Julia
Local Economy Vol 35, pp. 627-634 (2021)
Network Investment and Electric Vehicle Rollout Required for 2050 Net Zero : the Importance of Electricity Price Impacts in Driving Policy Trade-offs
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Calvillo Christian
Steel Manufacturing in Wales : Ensuring a Sustainable and Prosperous Future
Munday Max, Turner Karen
Can the Electrification of Private Transport Lead to Economic Prosperity?
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Turner Karen, Calvillo Christian, Katris Antonios, Stewart Jamie, Brod Constantin
Nudging policymakers : a case study of the role and influence of academic policy analysis
Turner Karen, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Race Julia
Journal of European Public Policy Vol 27, pp. 1270-1286 (2020)

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Professional activities

Centre for Energy Policy Energy Conversations: Do we have the necessary skilled labour to enable a net zero economy?
Meeting with Scottish Government TIMES and CGE modelling teams
TIMES/CGE Workshop - The Use of Economic and Energy System Modelling for energy Policy Analysis
All energy 2019
Interview on BBC Good Morning Scotland
Interview on BBC Reporting Scotland about EPSRC CESI electric vehicles research

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Who ultimately pays for and who gains from the electricity network upgrade for EVs to support the UK?s net zero-carbon ambitions?
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
ISCF Scotland's Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Accounting and scenario analyses to measuring and unlocking value to enable Just Transitions in the decarbonisation of uk industry clusters
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator) Swales, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
Optimal network upgrade investment timing and wider economy returns for the EV roll-out
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Alabi, Oluwafisayo Titilope (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
The role of CCS in industry clusters in delivering value to the political economy
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
The Role of CCUS in Industry Clusters in Delivering Value to the Political Economy
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator) Alabi, Oluwafisayo Titilope (Researcher) Katris, Antonios (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020

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