In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy

Professor Michael Pollitt delivers inaugural lecture.

Sidney Fellow Michael Pollitt has given his inaugural lecture as Professor of Business Economics at the Judge Business School. An expert in economics of energy, Professor Pollitt took as his theme the policy challenges facing government.

Energy policy in every country aims to deliver secure, affordable and clean energy to power the economy. However simultaneously achieving these three goals is difficult and contentious and there are wide variations between countries in their approach to policy.

In his inaugural lecture, Michael explored some of the key social aspects to the promotion of 'good' energy policy. These included the use of evidence and prediction; public trust, understanding, attitudes and beliefs; institutional design and collective action; the varying concepts of what is 'good' and 'just'; the role of the state vs private actors; vested interests and legacy investments; and the need for new business models. In doing so, he introduced a new multi-disciplinary university initiative designed to look at these issues.

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This is an archived news story first posted in October, 2015

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