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Centre for Energy Economics Research

Faculty of Economics and Business
Centre for Energy Economics Research Education

Learning community: Energy Transition

Learning Community Energy transition
Learning Community Energy transition
Learning Communities

Learning Communities are innovative education methods within the FEB, and the RUG. An interdisciplinary approach to explore new ideas developed through research, discussed in networks, thought of by students or personal engagement. It creates a possibility for academic staff, students, businesses, alumni and other experts to work together in an unstructured environment. The focus is on experimenting, exploring, develop knowledge and skills, and engaging with society. Learning Communities (LC) usually last one semester. For more information on learning communities and applications see below:

Current Learning Community 'Energy Transition'


In this learning community we focus on the transition from a fossil fuel based energy system to a system dominated by renewables. After an introductory meeting, the participating students and supervisor will discuss different potential research options in the field of energy economics. This semester, the students will explore the different options for carbon-free electricity production and assess their potentials and caveats. Then, the different options will be compared and a policy advice will be given by the report. The learning community includes interactive lectures and the work on a joint report, which will be presented to stakeholders in the energy transition.

Depending on the chosen research question(s), several energy (-related) companies and organizations will be involved in the learning community.

Past Learning Communities

Learning Community 'Groningen energy neutral'


This learning community was offered in semester 1 of the academic year 2019-2020. The focus in this learning community was on the options for energy neutral solutions for the city of Groningen and the best method for each neighborhood. The research team carried out a case study for the neighbourhood of Oosterpoort and presented their findings in a report and presentation to several respresentatives of the University, the municipality and the neighbourhood. The report is now used as a starting point for further research in making the municipality of Groningen energy neutral.

In case you have any suggestions for new LC on energy related subjects, please send an email to Marjan van Ittersum (Project leader Learning Communities): a.g.t.van.ittersum-leegte rug.nl.

Last modified:25 March 2020 10.24 a.m.