Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem is set to increase its cap on energy prices by 54% this April 2022. This is in response to the skyrocketing price of gas, aggravated by demand picking up as countries relaxed lockdown measures, low-wind speeds, and bottlenecks in supply chains. Over the same period, a recent ONS survey found that of the adults who reported a rise in the cost of living, 79% reported energy bills among the relevant causes.
This two-day online course aims to postgraduate researchers and analysts interested in quantitative analysis of energy poverty and its effect on people’s wellbeing. This consists of lectures and practical sessions on measurement of energy poverty and on (causal) analysis on its effect of people’s health and wellbeing outcomes.
The measurement of fuel poverty can be explored from two key perspectives. The objective approach relies primarily on household income and expenditure on energy bills to measure the prevalence of fuel poverty. In contrast, the subjective (sometimes referred to the ‘consensual’) approach uses households stated ability to afford energy at a reasonable price as well as characteristics of the home (e.g., damp). We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. In addition, we will explore key associations between fuel poverty and outcomes that affect the health, wellbeing and wealth of individuals.
The course covers:
By the end of the course participants will:
This course is suitable for postgraduate researchers and analysts interested in energy poverty research including (but not limited to): Academics, Government Researchers, Third sector organisations and Consultancy analysts.
Dr Apostolos Davillas and Dr Andrew Burlinson