Unconventional Hydrocarbons - UK Energy System

Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System (UKUH)

Environmental and socio-economic impacts and processes

UKUH Publish 1st Benchmark Report - Shale Gas and UK Energy Security

Benchmark Report written by Nicholas Solman and Michael Bradshaw

Analysis of UK shale policy debate

Researchers from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex have published their analysis of UK policy debate on shale gas development in Global Environmental Change.

UK National Survey of Public Attitudes

Darrick Evensen, Patrick Devine-Wright and Lorraine Whitmarsh report the initial findings of their national survey

The Public Perception of Fracking

Laurence Williams outlines his current research in Energy World magazine.

Real-time monitoring at a fracking site

Air quality and greenhouse gas monitoring at the PNR site

Launch Event

Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System Launch Event

Challenge 5 Kick-off Meeting

Professor Michael Bradshaw chairs kick-off meeting

Funding granted

UKUH Award Announced

The focus of the NERC and ESRC jointly funded Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System Programme is to improve the understanding of unconventional hydrocarbon development in the UK, taking a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to identifying the potential environmental, social and economic impacts. The overarching objective of this research programme is to significantly improve the scientific evidence base on shale gas as a potential energy resource for the UK as well as developing our understanding of the governance, public / political acceptance and wider societal aspects.

Seven multi-institutional consortium projects have been funded.  The projects will address five key challenges identified by NERC and ESRC:

Challenge 1 - The evolving shale gas landscape
Challenge 2 - Shale resource potential, distribution, composition, mechanical and flow properties 
Challenge 3 - Coupled processes from reservoir to surface
Challenge 4 - Contaminant pathways and receptor impacts
Challenge 5 - Socio-economic impacts, which is addressed in three separate projects, namely:
- The dynamics of public attitudes and community responses to shale gas;
- The social construction of unconventional gas extraction; and
- 'Fracking', framing and effective participation.

Details of the each of the consortium projects can be found by clicking on the links below.