The REVALORISE+ project is an Erasmus+ project, funded by the European Union, that aims at delivering a programme of valorisation support and training for researchers wishing to explore the entrepreneurial and social potential of their Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research. This is a research area often overlooked when it comes to creating value from the research, as SSH has historically struggled to articulate its relevance, value offering, and impact to various actors in society.
Energy EcoLab has been selected as a lighthouse story aimed at inspiring researchers in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities to more actively engage in dissemination efforts. The report highlights one of the main motivations underlying our daily efforts at EnergyEcoLab, which is to share the results of our research with the public sphere. This is grounded in the belief that, as receivers of public funds, we have the responsibility to return to society what we have received.
It takes time and resources to gain funding to bring knowledge into society. However, funds create a multiplying effect by which more valorisation can be carried out, which in turn provides a powerful incentive to carry out more socially relevant research. “Policies in this area affect a wide array of issues that people feel directly concerned about. Health and wellbeing, prices people pay for energy, the way they can move in cities and around the globe, jobs, salaries, and so on. The fact that these issues are high on the policy agenda contributes to highlighting the social value of our research, thus making knowledge transfer more impactful”, says Natalia Fabra.