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SETI: Call for Papers

Spring Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI)
May 15-17, 2019
University of Talca, Santiago, Chile

Deadline for submissions:
February 15, 2019 via the submission form, linked here.

We are very pleased to announce that the fourth meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) will take place May 15-17, 2019 at University of Talca (Santiago, Chile). The workshop will be co-hosted by the University of Talca and the University of Concepción. 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 also any of the specific sub-topics identified below. 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 in the event that funding 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 environmental economics and policy. The meeting will consist 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 will focus particularly on energy issues relevant to the Latin American region (e.g., air pollution, deforestation, and/or enhanced energy access for the poor).

We particularly welcome manuscripts that address the following sub-topics:

•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 microgrid 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; an
•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 is sponsored by the Sida-supported Environment for Development Initiative and the Duke University Energy Access Project. In addition, the University of Talca will be generously donating their space for the conference venue.

Please submit papers/abstracts by February 15 via submission form. For multiple submissions, please submit multiple forms. We will notify those with accepted papers by early March to facilitate travel planning. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Tommy Klug at

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