Collaboration in Decarbonisation Research: Comparing the UK and European Funding Landscape

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Industrial decarbonisation has become an increasingly important policy issue in recent years, as governments and nations aim to tackle the climate crisis. This study makes use of UK research council and Horizon 2020 data to map the research landscape for industrial decarbonisation. This includes an analysis of 435 projects funded by various UK research councils, and 239 projects funded under Horizon 2020 linked to industrial decarbonisation. This study finds in the UK case, University–Industry–Government links are critical elements of the decarbonisation research landscape. Universities playing key roles in the UK system are often members of the prestigious Russell Group. In the case of the European industrial decarbonisation landscape (as captured by projects funded under Horizon 2020), private firms play a crucial role. This study also maps a country-to-country collaboration network based on industrial decarbonisation research projects funded under Horizon 2020. This study examines the link between country position in the network and share of electricity consumption that comes from coal; no significant relationship is identified.
Original languageEnglish
Article number53
Journal International Journal of Environmental Research
Issue number4
Early online date2 May 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2024


  • Decarbonisation
  • Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis
  • Horizon 2020
  • Network analysis
  • UK research councils


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