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


The importance of labour market responses, competitiveness impacts, and revenue recycling in determining the political economy costs of broad carbon taxation in the UK
Turner Karen, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Katris Antonios, Swales Kim
Energy Economics Vol 116 (2022)
Policy trade-offs in introducing a CO2 transport and storage industry to service the UK's regional manufacturing clusters
Turner Karen, Race Julia, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Calvillo Christian, Katris Antonios, Swales Kim
Ecological Economics Vol 201 (2022)
The evolution and wider economy outcomes of a UK CO2 transport and storage industry: the importance of labour requirements, electricity demand and transportation options
Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Corbett Hannah
How do the characteristics of a new CO2 Transport and Storage industry compare to those of the current Oil and Gas sector? Understanding the implications for the economy-wide impacts of deploying Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in Scotland and the wider UK economy
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Katris Antonios, Turner Karen, Corbett Hannah
What does increasing residential energy efficiency do for the economy?
Turner Karen, Katris Antonios
The impacts of the October 2022 gas and electricity price increase on the UK economy and the cost of living for different household income groups
Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Stewart Jamie, Corbett Hannah

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Professional activities

UKERC Conference
Invited keynote for You-Tube broadcast
The wider economy impacts of net zero industry development: Lessons from Scotland’s Net Zero Infrastructure Programme
Meeting with HMT officials to introduce CEP carbon pricing work
Interview on BBC Breakfast show
BBC Radio 5 live breakfast show interview

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Exploring wage-driven employment displacement in a supply constrained labour market and the impacts on integrating CCUS into the UK economy
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
CXC Industry Times model industry sector update
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2022 - 18-Jan-2022
Ocean Renewable Energy Fuel (OCEAN-REFuel)
Brennan, Feargal (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2026
Accounting and scenario analyses to measuring and unlocking value to enable just transitions in the decarbonisation of UK industrial clusters - BRIDGE
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Delivering a sustainable and equitable heat transition in the UK (SEHT)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Research Co-investigator) Alabi, Oluwafisayo Titilope (Researcher) Hawker, Graeme (Researcher) Katris, Antonios (Researcher) Stewart, Jamie (Researcher)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
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

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