The Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) was established in 2015 by three researchers who were all concerned with different aspects of the interaction between people, homes and energy. FPRN’s work is underpinned by four core principles:
- Collaborating: creating opportunities for collaborative working within and between sectors in order to promote a stronger collective voice and increase the potential for impact
- Uniting policy, practice and academia in pursuit of the eradication of fuel poverty
- Disseminating and communicating fuel poverty research and intelligence to peers and end users
- Impacting: maximising opportunities for informing and shaping policy and practice.
The network was formed in response to the fact that there was no single forum where the producers and users of fuel poverty research and intelligence could come together. There were and remain, sub-sets of existing learned societies and associations dedicated to fuel poverty or the study of domestic energy more broadly, but these groups tend to be focussed on either the academic or the policy perspective. The FPRN seeks to unite these two communities and indeed all of those with an interest in the resolution of fuel poverty, with the aim of promoting constructive and creative dialogue and creating an environment conducive to securing policy impact and positive change.
The network now comprises over 100 members from across the academic, policy, voluntary and community and private sectors. The network mainly operates within the UK but has attracted membership from the Netherlands; Australia and New Zealand and continues to expand internationally. Membership is free and our members benefit from first refusal on events which are later opened to a wider audience; two members-only network wide events every year; advance notice of new research and publications and access to the FPRN mailing list through which they can circulate information and announcements or canvass opinion. In the future it is envisaged that the FPRN will become a key mechanism for narrowing the gap between academics, policy makers and practitioners that share an interest in bringing fuel poverty to an end. It is also our intention for the FPRN to play a key role in creatively and engagingly communicating fuel poverty research and intelligence to a wider, non-specialist audience including the media and the public.
The FPRN is still evolving in terms of its aims, purpose and composition and is guided by its members, ensuring that the network remains responsive to their needs and aspirations.
We are currently building this site as a source of information about fuel poverty, our members’ activities, and our events.