Developing Metrics to Assess Justice and Equity Implications of Early-Stage Research

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Physics is a central component of early-stage research and development of virtually all technologies. But as much as scientific breakthroughs often hold the key to high efficiencies, long lifetimes, and high stability in devices for countless applications, early-stage choices research choices, such as those around materials or processing, can also serve to lock in long-term social and equity impacts of deployed technologies. This talk will explore how scientists can start to consider these impacts, with a focus on the energy sector and achieving a just and sustainable energy transition. We discuss development of the Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) metrics framework - a suite of metrics targeted at early-stage researchers to assess justice considerations in their work. The framework is evaluated for its appeal to researchers and effectiveness at promoting integration of justice considerations into research through case studies, which reveal its ability to broaden researcher perspectives and key avenues for future improvement.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NamePresented at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, 3-8 March 2024, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5K00-89018


  • energy equity
  • energy justice
  • JUST-R
  • metrics
  • scientific


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