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Spring Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI)

May 9-11, 2017, Duke University Durham, NC
Deadline for paper/ abstract submission:  January 31, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that the second meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) will take place May 9-11 at Duke University (Durham, NC).

We encourage submissions of original research manuscripts (preferably) or, for work that is less far advanced, extended abstracts (1,000 words), related to the current state of the global energy transition, including any of the specific sub-topics identified below. We are hoping to fund travel and accommodations for any researchers whose papers are accepted, but priority will be given to scholars from low- and middle-income countries in the event that funding sponsorship is insufficient to support all authors.
As with last year’s meeting, we are aiming to bring together leading experts working on this theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and organizations, but with a strong emphasis on environmental economics and policy. The meeting will consist of a set of presentations and comments by selected speakers, smaller breakout and research planning sessions around specific topics, discussion of the systematic review work conducted by the SETI research team during the past year, and sessions with practitioners and policy-makers working on energy and development topics.
We particularly welcome manuscripts that address the following sub-topics:

Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels;

  • Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences;
  • Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment);
  • Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness; and
  • Notable gaps in research on energy transitions.

Participation will again be limited to provide an atmosphere conducive to developing new and exciting collaborative research projects, and pre-registration for the event will be required. The event is sponsored by the Sida-supported Environment for Development Initiative, the Duke University Household Energy & Health Initiative, the Duke University Energy Initiative, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.  

Please submit papers/abstracts by January 31 here. We will notify those with accepted papers by February 20 to facilitate early travel planning. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Hannah Girardeau at


Subhrendu Pattanayak, Marc Jeuland, and Gunnar Köhlin