The project will combine three key activities:
- existing and new teaching activities concerning energy issues and European integration, with new cycles of seminars for the students of several departments at the host institution;
- research on the topic of energy poverty determinants and solutions, and their impact on economic systems assessed through macro and micro models;
- several events on the same topic to enhance the engagement of students, researchers, civil society and policymakers.
Teaching activities provide the necessary skills and expertise to the students concerning European energy markets, the issue of energy poverty and the role of public policies as well as the political aspects of European integration in this field. The methodology is based on the use of new technologies to offer open educational resources for widening access to higher education and increasing the diversity of the student population.
The research project aims to estimate the link between energy poverty and household disposable income and to investigate the distributive effects of energy related policies. The project will gather a network of Italian and international researchers on the topic.
Dissemination events (seminars, open lectures, workshops and conferences) and outputs (publications, website, video recording) are aimed to reach the target groups and a wider audience even beyond the lifetime of the project. These activities benefit from synergies within the interdepartmental Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that has been created in 2016 between the departments of law, social sciences and economics of the University of Florence.