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


Can a combination of efficiency initiatives give us "good" rebound effects?
Sarasa Cristina, Turner Karen
Energy Vol 235 (2021)
Scottish Net Zero Roadmap : Emerging Societal, Economic and Policy Opportunities and Challenges
Stewart Jamie, Calvillo Christian, Turner Karen
Moving early in Carbon Capture and Storage : Opportunities and Challenges for Delivering Green Growth and Just Transitions
Turner Karen, Stewart Jamie, Katris Antonios, Race Julia, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Calvillo Christian
Could a new Scottish CO2 Transport and Storage Industry deliver employment multiplier and other wider economy benefits to the UK economy?
Turner Karen, Race Julia, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Calvillo Christian, Katris Antonios, Stewart Jamie, Swales Kim
Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit Vol 36, pp. 411-429 (2021)
Green Growth, Price Pressures and Productivity
Turner Karen
Understanding the trade-offs involved in driving economic growth in the transition to electric vehicles
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Katris Antonios, Calvillo Christian, Turner Karen, Stewart Jamie

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Professional activities

IAEE Online 2021
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

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Developing new international public policy norms to achieve sustainable and equitable net-zero societies
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Scotland's Net Zero Roadmap
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2022
Scottish Government Consultation
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Jamie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
KE Fellow - Bellona (via Childrens Investment Fund Foundation)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Identifying how residential energy cost reduction policies could facilitate UK’s transition to net zero (IAA)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2021
Who Ultimately Pays for and Who Gains from the electricity network upgrade for EVs to support the UK’s Net Zero Carbon Ambition?
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Alabi, Oluwafisayo Titilope (Co-investigator) Katris, Antonios (Co-investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021

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