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Welcome to the TEDDINET feature ‘A View from the Inside’

As academics we often refer to those ‘on the inside’ i.e. those working in industry, policy or the third sector who are practically engaged with and implementing those things we research. Here we interview these people to capture some of their views, challenges and realities. We do so in order to better appreciate how academics can contribute more effectively to their work.

Please click on the links below to read what the people we’ve spoken to have to say:

A View from the Inside 5 (July 2016)_Sara Kassam CIBSE

  • Innovation is excellent, but we need to get the basics right first
  • We should be focusing on building performance and seeing people as people – that may be those you collaborate with or project team members or building occupants – its about seeing them as regular people rather than as adversaries

A View from the Inside 4 (Dec. 2015)_Damian Coulton Energy Saving Trust

  • If we can do things that people value; organisations value, then actually we’re doing a lot of good as the incentive for someone to reduce energy usage will become more intrinsic in their behaviour
  • The challenge is always that the academics involved will want to focus on the pure academic research. Where we’re involved it tends to involve a consumer element and there’s more of a deliverable that comes out of it

A View from the Inside 3 (Aug. 2015)_John Batterbee Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)

  • I can see a real desire from industry and government to work with the academic community and collaborate effectively; I just don’t feel we’re quite there yet
  • There’s a lot of opportunity for making it easier for organisations such as ourselves to find the right people and knowledge from within the academic community

A View from the Inside 2 (Apr. 2015)_Judith Ward Sustainability First

  • Universities may need somewhat greater clarity on where they can add real value on smart energy projects”
  • “Academic papers are sadly often unseen by the vast majority beyond the University sector

A View from the Inside 1 (Feb. 2015)_Jon Saltmarsh DECC

  • Your research only really makes sense if it’s being used by other people in the future

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