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Thank you for a great day!

Well, what can we say? Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 2014 Fuel Poverty Symposium in Belfast on July 18th 2014. It was great to see so many interesting and informative presentations from our speakers. The quality of research on show was of incredibly high quality and this was something that encouraged a lot of people on the day. Thank you for being a vital part of what was undoubtedly a successful event! We hope you enjoyed the event and found it useful. For our overseas visitors, we hope you enjoyed your visit to Northern Ireland!

We will shortly be writing up a report of proceedings from the day. We kindly thank the presenters for agreeing to make their presentations available. These are now uploaded to the website. A photo gallery of the event is also now available.

Also, we will shortly be beginning the editorial process for the special fuel poverty edition of the Queen’s Political Review. For further details on this, please contact Ben Christman at

We also believe that discussions are afoot regarding another similar early career researcher event next year as part of the National Energy Action (NEA) conference in England. There was also interest shown at the closing session for holding a similar event next year. We really hope that we will meet again!

Finally, here are the links to the websites and email lists which were discussed at the closing session:
Please use these to distribute information about similar events, new research, etc. to your peers. Please do keep in touch!
Thanks again and very best wishes for your research. Hope to see you all again!
Ben & Ryan

Sold out!

There are currently no further places available for this event. It is still possible to register for the event, but all further applications to attend will be put on a ‘waiting list’. Only in the event of someone cancelling their attendance will a space become available. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

However, we are delighted with the interest that has been shown in this event and are looking forward to meeting you all on July 18th in Belfast. It’s shaping up to be a really good event–see you all soon!

Ben & Ryan


Hello all!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the event is open. If you are involved in any aspect of fuel poverty research, you are very welcome to attend. This Symposium acknowledges the important contribution of the postgraduate, post-doctoral and early career research community to the understanding of fuel poverty in society and it aims to bring these researchers together to share recent results and initiate discussions that can lead to deeper understanding of fuel poverty. The event will also provide a unique opportunity for networking with research peers within a subject-specific forum, with a view to promoting the sharing of knowledge and potential collaboration in future research. It will be a great opportunity for you to get to know other researchers within the postgraduate fuel poverty research community.

The Symposium will examine several aspects of fuel poverty research, specifically: Health, Households and Energy Efficiency; Fuel Poverty and Governance; Fuel Poverty in the European Union; and Conceptualizing Fuel Poverty. Presentations will feature research results from the UK, Belgium, Spain and Central Europe. A full list of speakers and their topics is available here. We are also pleased to announce several guest presentations from experienced practitioners, policy-makers and academics currently working in the field of fuel poverty. Details on our guest speakers are available here.

Attendance is free but in order to attend please click here to register. Those interested in attending should note that places are limited and are intended for postgraduate and early career fuel poverty researchers. We can assist with travel and accommodation costs if necessary.

If you have been accepted as a speaker at this event, there is no need for you to register.

If you need any further information, please contact the organizers. We look forward to welcoming you in July!

Kind regards

Ben & Ryan

Thank you for your abstracts!

Thanks to all who submitted abstracts for the Symposium. We are delighted with the interest this event has generated amongst the postgraduate and early career research community, particularly the range of disciplines represented amongst the submissions!

The organisers will assess each abstract for inclusion in the Symposium and let authors know of the outcome via email by Monday June 2nd 2014. If successful, authors will be required to prepare a 15 minute talk, based on their abstract, to present at the Symposium. Details of this will be send by email.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has now passed, but if you are still interested in attending this event, registration will open on Monday June 2nd 2014. This will be online and further details on how to register will be released in due course.

Reminder: There is no registration fee for this event, although those interested should note that places are limited!!

In the meantime, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the organizers


Ben and Ryan

Guest speakers

We are delighted to announce that a number of distinguished fuel poverty thinkers and practitioners will be presenting at this event. These are

Professor Christine Liddell, distinguished fuel poverty academic

Pat Austin, Director of the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action NI

Oliver McHugh from the Housing Division of the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development

You can find out more about our guest presenters by clicking here. We hope to confirm further guest presenters in the near future.

2nd call for papers

A second call for papers has been issued for this event. If you are interested in presenting your research at this event, please submit a 250-word abstract summarizing your research and a 100-word biography. Abstracts and biographies should be sent to Ben Christman ( and Ryan Walker ( before 5pm on Friday 16th May 2014.

Suggested research topics and further information is available in the Call for Papers link in the menu above.