The ETRANHET project selected by the European Research Council (ERC)
ETRANHET ‘Energy Transitions in the History of Economic Thought (19th-20th c.)’, coordinated by Antoine Missemer (CNRS, CIRED), has been selected by the European Research Council (ERC) following the 2021 StG call. ETRANHET seeks to examine how the economic discipline, and economists, have dealt with energy issues all around the world, in particular in market economies, since the early 19th century. The project has three objectives:
- to characterise the context-dependency of past economic views of energy;
- to uncover forgotten, yet relevant, ideas that could enrich current research;
- to determine how the economic discipline has been able, or not, to influence decision-making in energy matters.
At a time when the low-carbon transition is a high-level priority, ETRANHET aims to show that historical research, in particular the history of ideas, has a role to play in understanding the challenges of the 21st century.
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