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Meet Crystel Hajjar, 3 year PhD

Nationality: Lebanese-Canadian
PhD year: 3rd year
PhD topic: Justice and acceptance of innovative heating systems
Hobbies: reading, knitting, jogging, creative writing, gardening

Why energy?

In the last century, energy infrastructure and use has grown to play an incredibly important role in society, making it impossible to imagine what it’s like way back. At the same time, energy consumption has taken a huge toll on the planet releasing a significant percentage of CO2 emissions. My interest lies in reconciling the concerns of justice that arises from addressing climate change and switching to renewable energy, while ensuring that the many basic needs and rights, that are secured by access to it, do not suffer or further inequality between different groups of people within one country or the world.

What do you like about the energy community of young researchers (ECoYR)? 

I always enjoy volunteering and sharing knowledge with others. Joining ECoYR allows me to spend time with like-minded people and learn about their fascinating research subjects. It is also a great opportunity to take my research outside of the books to a broader audience and shed some light on issues that I find both incredibly important and thought-provoking.

Core concept of Crystel’s research

My research is on understanding which aspects of justice are most relevant to energy and to heating systems in general and how those are linked to public acceptance. As heating produces a large chunk of greenhouse gas emissions, it is the plan of many governments to move towards gas-free heating systems. However, those tend to be very expensive and require extensive home-renovations that many households cannot afford. As access to heating is very important and a lack thereof can have severe health consequence, it is important to have a clear understanding of what considerations are most important to the public and will most likely enhance their acceptance of such systems and related policies.