Professor Karen Turner

Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy

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

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Professional Activities

Dutch daily newspaper NRC article on energy/net zero in 2024 UK General Election quoting me
Article in the Conversation: The SNP's focus on social energy tariffs is welcome, but it will take more than this to cut bills
Meeting between CEP and ETZ
What will establishing a CO2 Transport and Storage industry in Scotland mean for the economy and society?
What are the equity challenges in delivering actions to reduce energy demand?
Meeting with Consumer Scotland

More professional activities


Developing a mixed methods approach to support the dual ambition of delivering the low carbon heat transition and eradication of fuel poverty in Scotland
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2027
Energy Demand Research Centre
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2028
Labour market and other wider economy challenges in decarbonising the UK’s industry clusters [LAB-CLUSTER] (IDRIC Wave 2)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator) Corbett, Hannah (Researcher)
01-Jan-2023 - 29-Jan-2024
UK leadership in Net Zero Policy implementation
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Corbett, Hannah (Researcher) Katris, Antonios (Researcher)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Tidal Range Schemes as configurable Grid-scale Energy Storage facilities (TARGET)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
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

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Professor Karen Turner
Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy
Centre for Energy Policy

Tel: 548 3198