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‘SURF has had the pleasure of working with Kiera Dignam, a student on the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in ‘Global Environment, Politics and Society’.

Kiera has been on a dissertation placement researching barriers to community owned energy projects in Scotland. SURF introduced Kiera to our members who she surveyed and subsequently interviewed on knowledge of, and participation in, the heat decarbonisation agenda.

The key themes identified as barriers to community-level energy participation are: ‘Funding’, ‘Capacity’, ‘Community Engagement’, ‘Communication’, and ‘Divergence: Urban and Rural Challenges’.

Read more on SURF’s website.