14 November 2019

Next-generation Demand-side Research Poster Awards

The second joint IIASA-RITE international workshop on exploring the potential for reducing energy demand to mitigate the impacts of climate change was held at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria on 11-13 November 2019. The workshop included an exciting poster session for young, next-generation researchers. The applicants to the poster session went through a competitive selection process before being accepted. At the workshop, all posters were judged by a committee that handed out five awards to the most outstanding poster presenters, judging them for the quality of their scientific work, their presentations, and novel contribution to the field of demand-side research.

Two of the best poster presenters were handed awards with distinction, while another three awards were handed out to poster presenters that exhibited high quality, relevance, and novelty. The five young researchers who received the awards were offered an opportunity for scientific collaboration with IIASA and/or RITE to further develop and extend their research. 

The Poster Awards were given to:

  • Best Poster with Distinction
Simone Fobi, Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab, Columbia University, USA. Using remote sensed data to predict residential electricity demand in Kenya.
The research presented is an ingenious combination of using empirical data and remote sensing information to study demand response after gaining electricity access in Kenya. The clearly structured poster was complemented by an excellent presentation. 

Leila Niamir, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany. Behavioral climate change mitigation from individual energy choices to demand-side potential.
The research presented is original and highly relevant to understanding service demands. The work is both conceptually and analytically interesting, integrating bottom-up heterogeneous agent-level processes with the macro-effects of climate change, employing a highly appropriate methodological approach. The research was very clearly presented.

  • Best Poster
Yannick Oswald, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK. International inequality in energy footprints.
The research presented is of high quality and highly relevant to comparing energy footprints by energy service categories across countries. The work looks at embedded energy related to the production of goods and services, which is an important topic that is often still overlooked in studies. The results show that inequality differs across different types of services. The poster and presentation were very clear.

Simon De Sterke, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK. Modeling the dynamics of the water-energy nexuses of London and Mumbai from an end-use perspective.
The research presented is novel and highly relevant to understanding service demands in connecting different service sectors and comprehensively investigating feedbacks across sectors at an urban scale, including resource flow connections between a city and its hinterland. The animated presentation provided a novel experience, telling a real story.

Xingrong Zhao, East China University of Science and Technology, China. Are transport users willing to share? Stated preference study on shared mobility in Shanghai.
The research presented is interesting and relevant to analyzing energy service demands both in content and methods. The work investigated shared mobility in Shanghai using survey data to understand heterogeneous human preferences, actions, rebound effects, and related energy demand. The presentation was clear and well-structured.

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