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 network spending to support the shift to electric vehicles deliver wider economy gains? The role of domestic supply chain, price and real wage effects
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Calvillo Christian
Energy Economics Vol 110 (2022)
The importance of building export capacity in a new Scottish CO2 Transport and Storage industry : alleviating domestic funding pressures and securing green growth and jobs transition
Turner Karen, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Katris Antonios, Calvillo Christian, Stewart Jamie, Race Julia
Phase 1 CCUS Cluster Rollout - Potential Wider-Economy Impacts, Responses and Trade-offs
Turner Karen, Katris Antonios, Alabi Oluwafisayo, Calvillo Christian, Stewart Jamie, Corbett Hannah, Race Julia
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

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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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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
Ocean Renewable Energy Fuel (OCEAN-REFuel)
Brennan, Feargal (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2026
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
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

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