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Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research Catalyzer

The Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) Catalyzer is developing an online tool to help integrate energy justice considerations into energy technology research and development.

Decarbonizing the energy sector presents a unique opportunity to consider and address injustices associated with the existing energy system, as well as the energy technology research, development, and deployment practices that underpin it. By introducing energy justice considerations early on in energy research and prioritizing them throughout the technology development process, researchers can avoid costs and time delays associated with late identification of negative social impacts and help to achieve a more just and sustainable energy system. 

The Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) framework provides researchers a tool to integrate justice considerations into early-stage research and development of energy technologies. To increase accessibility and promote use of these metrics, JISEA’s JUST-R Catalyzer seeks to develop the JUST-R framework into an interactive online tool, expand it to apply to research across more technology readiness levels, and grow its impact by connecting the JUST-R tool to potential industry, academic, and government partners.

Upcoming Public Events

March 3–8, 2024: Developing Metrics to Assess Justice & Equity Impacts of Early-Stage Research, American Physical Society March Meeting (Nikita S. Dutta)

Illustrated JUST-R metrics framework organized into dimensions of tenets of justice and responsible research and innovation.

Metrics in the JUST-R framework are organized across Responsible Research and Innovation dimensions, tenets of energy justice, and Technology Readiness Levels. Graphic by Liz Craig, NREL

Publications and Related Work

JUST-R Metrics for Considering Energy Justice in Early-Stage Energy Research,  Joule (2023)

Evaluating Energy Justice Metrics in Early-Stage Science and Technology Research Using the JUST-R Metrics Framework, Frontiers in Environmental Science (2023)

Partnerships Opportunities

If your organization is focused on energy and environmental justice, or you are a researcher working to develop and deploy new clean energy technologies, we want to work with you. Please reach out to the JISEA researcher listed below for more information.


Bettina Arkhurst
JUST-R Catalyzer Lead