Sussex Energy Group members included on the global list of highly-cited researchers

The Sussex Energy Group has two new academics recognised for the first time in the newly-published global list of highly cited researchers.

Paula Kivimaa and Karoline Rogge, both from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School, have been named in the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

In the past year, Dr Kivimaa has researched the impact of the Covid pandemic on energy use and travel, compared industrial policy in relation to energy use for different European countries and analysed how Scotland’s progression to a low carbon future is being held back by national security policy from Westminster.

Prof Rogge’s most recent research, conducted with Dr Kivimaa, has explored the interplay of policy experimentation and institutional change in sustainability transitions while her most cited paper, detailing the complexities involved in developing and delivering policy mixes in moving towards decarbonized energy systems, has been cited more than 370 times.

Their additions mean that the University of Sussex has nine academics included in the global list – matching a record high for Sussex that was also achieved last year.

The University had the joint 12th highest number of highly cited researchers of any institution in the UK. 

The list recognises researchers who have produced multiple highly cited papers in the last decade, with papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for a publication field and year.

Dr Kivimaa, Associate Member in the Sussex Energy Group, said: “I feel very honoured to be included in this distinguished list of highly cited scholars. I am glad that the work done together with many colleagues at the University of Sussex and elsewhere on sustainability transitions has received such interest and acknowledgement in the global academic community.

“This is truly the result of fruitful international and interdisciplinary collaborations, which have provided new insights for academic scholarship as well as policy development in an area which requires urgent global attention – how to achieve systemic changes towards zero-carbon societies.”

Prof Rogge, Professor of Sustainability Innovation and Policy in SPRU, said: “Researchers around the world are investigating which policies best help in achieving climate and other environmental targets, and I am happy to hear my own research on policy mixes for environmental innovation and sustainability transitions – conducted with great collaborators – has been recognized in their work.

“After Glasgow what matters most is that transformational policy changes are implemented which are consistent with the Paris Agreement and new announcements at COP26, such as a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies, strong support for social innovation and just transitions, and enhanced coordination of multi-system interaction. I am convinced that policy mix research, particularly if bridging politics and policies, can provide orientation and guidance for this urgent task.”

Sussex Energy Group members who maintained their place in this year’s list had the following comments:

Benjamin Sovacool, Sussex Energy Group Director & Professor of Energy Policy in SPRU, said: “I’m honoured to have been included on this list but I am even more pleased to be joined for the first time on the list by two hugely-talented colleagues in Dr Paula Kivimaa and Prof Karoline Rogge. They are extremely worthy additions to this elite international list of researchers and doubly so when you consider the well-known gender disparities that exist around academic citations.”

Steven Sorrell, Professor of Energy Policy in SPRU, said: “I am honoured to be included on this list for the fourth year running, and I’m particularly pleased to be one of five researchers from the Sussex Energy Group on the list. This would not have been possible without the contributions of my colleagues and co-authors, with whom I would like to share this accolade.”

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