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Fifth Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Workshop

June 29 - July 1, 2020 at Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, Germany

Deadline for submissions:

March 13, 2020 via the submission form, linked here.

We are very pleased to announce that the fifth meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) will take place June 29 – July 1, 2020 at the Mercator Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change (Berlin, Germany). The workshop will be co-hosted by MCC and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. 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 global energy transition, including any of the specific sub-topics identified below. As this meeting is occurring after the EAERE conference in Berlin, we recommend that those submitting a paper to EAERE choose a different manuscript to submit to the SETI meeting, if possible.
 
We hope to fund travel and accommodations for researchers whose papers are accepted, but priority will be given to scholars from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the event that funding for sponsorship is insufficient to support all participants.

As with prior meetings, 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 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 synthetic work being done by SETI research teams, and sessions with practitioners and policy-makers working on energy and development issues.

We particularly welcome thought-pieces or synthetic work on 1) the nature and progress of energy transitions in LMICs; 2) the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing energy poverty; and 3) the progress and potential of climate policies in LMICs. We also encourage submissions related to other sub-topics, including:

  • Consequences of energy poverty, and impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment);
  • Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences;
  • Adoption and impacts of renewable and off-grid or micro-grid solutions;
  • Impacts and drivers of regional air pollution and the policy mechanisms used to manage air quality; 
  • New methods and data sources for measuring access to modern energy services;
  • Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness; and
  • Empirical evidence that speaks to 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 will be co-sponsored by MCC Berlin, RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and Duke University’s Energy Access Project. MCC is generously offering use their facilities for the conference venue.

Please submit papers/abstracts by March 13 via this submission form. For multiple submissions, please submit multiple forms. We will notify those with accepted papers by early April to facilitate travel planning and visa coordination. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact our team at seti@duke.edu.

Fourth Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Workshop

May 15-17, 2019 at Universidad de Talca, Santiago Chile

The fourth meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) took place May 15-17, 2019 at University of Talca in Santiago, Chile. The workshop was co-hosted by the University of Talca and the University of Concepción. 

As with prior meetings, we brought 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 consisted of a set of presentation and comments by selected speakers, smaller breakout and research planning sessions around specific topics, discussion of synthetic work being done by SETI research teams, and sessions with practitioners and policy-makers working on energy and development issues. The policy sessions focused particularly on energy issues relevant to the Latin American region (e.g., air pollution, deforestation, and/or enhanced energy access for the poor).

Common themes and sub-topics of presentations included:

  • Impacts and drivers of regional air pollution and the policy mechanisms used to manage air quality; 
  • Consequences of energy poverty, and impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment);
  • Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences;
  • Adoption and impacts of renewable and off-grid or micro-grid solutions;
  • New methods and data sources for measuring access to modern energy services;
  • Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness; and
  • Empirical evidence that speaks to gaps in research on energy transitions


Click the links  to see the Program Agenda & Speaker Bios

Third Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Workshop

May 15-17, 2018 at Duke University

The third meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) took place May 15-17, 2018 at Duke University (Durham, NC). As with prior meetings, we brought 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 consisted of a set of presentation and comments by selected speakers, smaller breakout and research planning sessions around specific topics, discussion of synthetic work being done by SETI research teams, and sessions with practitioners and policy-makers working on energy and development issues.

Common themes and sub-topics of presentations included:

  • Consequences of energy poverty, and impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment);
  • Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences;
  • Adoption and impacts of renewable and off-grid or micro-grid solutions;
  • New methods and data sources for measuring access to modern energy services;
  • Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness; and
  • Empirical evidence that speaks to gaps in research on energy transitions.

Click the links to see the Program Agenda & Speaker Bios 

Second Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Workshop

May 9-11, 2017 at Duke University

The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) is an interdisciplinary global collaborative that aims to foster research on energy access and energy transitions. Largely comprised of researchers working on the energy challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries, this “center without walls” is currently housed at Duke University, where it is coordinated by Drs. Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland. Over 60 attendees from 15 countries gathered from May 9-11, 2017 at Duke for SETI’s second annual meeting. In addition to research sessions (including on adoption of improved energy technologies, impacts of grid electrification, and policies that drive the global energy transition), the 2017 meeting featured a daylong practitioner workshop. This effort enhanced the dialogue between the academic and the policy communities, with the goal of informing both evidence-based practice as well as policy-relevant scholarship. The workshop was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the Environment for Development Network, and the Project on Access & Transitions to Sustainable Energy at Duke. #SETI2017​

Click the links to see the Program Agenda & Speaker Bios 

First Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Workshop

April 25-27, 2016 at Duke University

The focus of the 2016 workshop was on the current state of the global energy transition and included topics like;

  • Lack of access to electricity and other modern fuels;
  • Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons learned from past experiences;
  • Impacts of energy transition on health, labor, forests, regional air quality, and global climate;
  • Gaps in the relevant research, including the growing importance of renewable energy technologies; and
  • How future research efforts may be coordinated in ways that are policy-relevant.
  • Connecting to research, ideas, and people working on sustainable energy transitions across the world.

Click the link to see the Program Agenda