SETI Call For Papers: Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI)

Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI)
June 29 – July 1, 2020
Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, Germany

Deadline for submissions: March 13, 2020

SETI is 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.

SETI 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.

SETI 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


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