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Make fun of your research

Digital and physical games are now widely used to support learning and engagement, including in the domains of climate change and energy. We believe games have a further, underappreciated role: helping us as researchers to reflect on our own research, generating deeper understanding and, hopefully, more impactful research projects.

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We developed Watts the Deal? together with our colleagues D. Shipworth, A. Gorbatcheva and (more recently) C. Johnson. The game was developed under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub under the project The Internet of Energy Things (‘P2P-IoET’). We acknowledge additional contribution from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (grant number EP/R035288/1).

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Fell, M.J., Schneiders, A. Make fun of your research. Nat Energy 5, 552–554 (2020).

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