Opendata, web and dolomites


Social Influence and Disruptive Low Carbon Innovations

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "SILCI" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: NR4 7TJ

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙198˙136 €
 EC max contribution 1˙198˙136 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA UK (NORWICH) coordinator 1˙198˙136.00


 Project objective

A low carbon transition requires disruptive innovations to challenge prevailing technologies and practices. Many disruptive low carbon innovations have been adopted, but in small numbers. Examples include car sharing networks, car-free communities, and net zero energy buildings. To mitigate climate change, these and other innovations must diffuse or spread into the mass market. In the absence of strong policy incentives, social communication from adopters to non-adopters is the means by which innovations spread. But we do not understand how the different mechanisms of social influence work for disruptive low carbon innovations, and whether they can be harnessed to accelerate change.

In this project, I aim to address this critical knowledge gap by asking: what role can social influence play in driving the diffusion of disruptive innovations as part of a low carbon transition? This project will open up a new scientific field on disruptive low carbon innovations using rigorous scientific methods applied to a wide range of novel data.

Objective 1. To understand the attributes of disruptive low carbon innovations valued by actual and potential users. -> By using secondary data, structured elicitation exercises, and a large-scale cross-national survey, I will evaluate innovation attributes and their potential acceptability to mass market adopters.

Objective 2. To assess the strength and mechanisms of social influence in the diffusion of disruptive low carbon innovations. -> By analysing social network structures, online activity, and the spatial distribution of early adopters, I will quantify the relative strength of social influence in diffusion processes.

Objective 3. To test strategies and actions for using social influence to accelerate a low carbon transition. -> By modelling social influence effects in global climate mitigation models, I will test the effectiveness of long-term strategies and actionable policies for accelerating low carbon transitions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Yeong Jae Kim, Charlie Wilson
Analysing energy innovation portfolios from a systemic perspective
published pages: 110942, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.110942
Energy Policy 134 2020-04-08
2019 Corinne Le Quéré, Jan Ivar Korsbakken, Charlie Wilson, Jale Tosun, Robbie Andrew, Robert J. Andres, Josep G. Canadell, Andrew Jordan, Glen P. Peters, Detlef P. van Vuuren
Drivers of declining CO2 emissions in 18 developed economies
published pages: 213-217, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0419-7
Nature Climate Change 9/3 2020-04-08
2020 Hazel Pettifor, Charlie Wilson, Sandra Bogelein, Emma Cassar, Laurie Kerr, Mark Wilson
Are low-carbon innovations appealing? A typology of functional, symbolic, private and public attributes
published pages: 101422, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.101422
Energy Research & Social Science 64 2020-04-08
2020 David L. McCollum, Ajay Gambhir, Joeri Rogelj, Charlie Wilson
Energy modellers should explore extremes more systematically in scenarios
published pages: 104-107, ISSN: 2058-7546, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-020-0555-3
Nature Energy 5/2 2020-04-08
2019 Yeong Jae Kim, Charlie Wilson
Analysing future change in the EU\'s energy innovation system
published pages: 279-299, ISSN: 2211-467X, DOI: 10.1016/j.esr.2019.04.012
Energy Strategy Reviews 24 2020-04-08
2018 Craig Morton, Charlie Wilson, Jillian Anable
The diffusion of domestic energy efficiency policies: A spatial perspective
published pages: 77-88, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.11.057
Energy Policy 114 2020-04-08
2018 Luis Mundaca, Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz, Charlie Wilson
Demand-side approaches for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C
published pages: , ISSN: 1570-646X, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-018-9722-9
Energy Efficiency 2020-04-08
2018 Charlie Wilson, Hazel Pettifor, Emma Cassar, Laurie Kerr, Mark Wilson
The potential contribution of disruptive low-carbon innovations to 1.5 °C climate mitigation
published pages: , ISSN: 1570-646X, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-018-9679-8
Energy Efficiency 2020-04-08
2018 Charlie Wilson
Disruptive low-carbon innovations
published pages: 216-223, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.053
Energy Research & Social Science 37 2020-04-08
2018 Charlie Wilson, David Tyfield
Critical perspectives on disruptive innovation and energy transformation
published pages: 211-215, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.032
Energy Research & Social Science 37 2020-04-08

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "SILCI" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "SILCI" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.1.)


The Enemy of the Good: Towards a Theory of Moral Progress

Read More  


Economic Fluctuations, Productivity Growth and Stabilization Policies: A Keynesian Growth Perspective

Read More  

Photopharm (2020)

Photopharmacology: From Academia toward the Clinic.

Read More