From the Chair of Energy and Poverty we want to make an important contribution to the search and implementation of solutions to the problem of poverty and specifically in its aspect related to energy. To make this, we develop our activity in two directions: (1) to carry out a bottom-up interdisciplinary research and (2) to serve as a meeting point to facilitate contact between entities and people involved in the fight against energy poverty.
The goal of this interdisciplinary investigation is not only to group together different investigation areas, but also to create a knowledge interchange to contribute to the solution of energy poverty (engineering, social work, law, business). This allows a broader view of the issue than the approach of a single discipline. A key point in this line of work is the combination of general approaches with the particular ones that begin with the direct contact with the problem of poverty linked to energy.
Comillas Pontifical University wants to put at the service of action against energy poverty its privileged position as a university to create a meeting point for all the involved agents. The objective is to create a forum for reflection, research and dissemination of results with the participation of agents from the academic world, business, welfare or social agents and public administrations. This forum will cary out the analysis and monitoring of energy poverty, mainly in Spain, but also in the European context.