Overview of GILDED and the Scottish
GILDED Basics - Reminder
Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and
European FP7 project, December 2008 – November
2011 April 2012 , funded under the topic: SocioEconomic Factors and Actor Shaping the “PostCarbon” Society
Five case study areas across Europe, each a city and
its rural hinterland; in Scotland: Aberdeen and
Mixed methods: Desk study, qualitative and
quantitative fieldwork (interviews, survey, minor
intervention), agent-based modelling.
GILDED Case Study Areas
A. Scotland: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
B. The Netherlands: Assen and Assen
C. Germany: Potsdam and Brandenburg
D. The Czech Republic: České Budějovice and
E. Hungary: Debrecen and Hajdú-Bihar County
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Survey of governance and infrastructure,
in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Good environmental awareness in departments in both
local authorities, with committed staff.
countervailing pressures for economic development and
from oil industry;
limited funds and powers.
Implementation processes need to make better use of
collaboration (e.g. between communities and local
Analysis of stakeholder interviews (1)
45 interviews in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh,
with both relevant professionals, and members of the
public chosen to provide a wide range of viewpoints.
Many people have an inaccurate understanding of climate
change, confusing it with other phenomena such as the
hole in the ozone layer.
“More information” is unlikely to be an adequate strategy.
There is fairly broad acceptance that climate change is
However scepticism and feelings of powerlessness are
also widespread, as is the belief that it is a problem
someone else should deal with.
Analysis of stakeholder interviews (2)
People in Scotland are broadly accepting of government
But: it needs to be perceived as fair and not favouring one
section of society over another.
Focus on the importance of avoiding waste and generally
unsustainable lifestyles may be more effective than one
on climate change.
Overall, environmental NGOs are seen as the most
effective intermediaries in implementing effective GHG
and energy consumption reduction policies.
Other Activities Before The Last Meeting
Designing, for use with a stratified random sample of
households in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and the other
four case study areas:
A carbon calculator
An experiment on the effects of an energy-reduction
Designing, building and experimenting with a prototype
agent-based model of household direct energy use,
Producing two policy briefs (a third has since followed).
Main Activities Since Last Meeting
Field work and subsequent analysis
Analysis of the results of the first survey
Demand reduction initiatives with a subsample of those
Planning, implementation and analysis of the second survey of
the same households
The CEDSS model
Design and implementation
Data collection for the inputs to CEDSS, and for comparison
with its outputs
Refinement of the model
Development of policy recommendations
GILDED itself is ending, but its results are already feeding
into work on the Scottish Government’s RESAS Research
Two products of our GILDED work have a significant role
in RESAS work on the “Low Carbon Rural Economy”:
The GILDED Scottish dataset
The CEDSS model
In addition the GILDED Carbon Calculator is the first
devised for use across such a range of European states