Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative
What is SETI?
The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) is an interdisciplinary global collaborative that aims to foster research on energy access and energy transitions in low and middle-income countries, and to better understand their impacts on health, social outcomes, economic growth, climate change and natural resources. The global network was developed by the Environment for Development program and the Duke University Energy & Health Initiative. Since 2015, the network has expanded to include over 150 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of energy from over 35 countries. Our admin is currently housed at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where it is led by Professors Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland. SETI’s research addresses the most pressing energy challenges faced by low and middle-income countries, from clean cooking in Senegal to micro-hydro power in Nepal to coal divestment in Chile, to name a few.
Key research themes include:
- Lack of access to electricity and other modern fuels;
- Drivers of energy transitions 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;
- How future research efforts may be coordinated in ways that are policy-relevant.
SETI X Global Dispatches Podcast
SETI has partnered with the Global Dispatches Podcast, hosted by Mark Goldberg, to release a six-episode podcast series! Through this mini-series, we will showcase our global network’s energy access research and work achievements. We hope to cultivate an actionable dialogue between researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders through story-telling.
SETI X Women in Environmental Economics for Development Virtual Workshop
The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), Women in Environmental Economics for Development (WinEED) Initiative (under the Environment for Development (EfD) Network), and Duke Energy Access Project held a joint virtual workshop on the intersection of energy access and gender on May 12 – 13. The virtual workshop brought together over 200 researchers and practitioners, representing 35 countries and nearly a dozen time zones, to discuss energy, gender, and empowerment for two days. Check out the workshop webpage for presenter slides, video clips from the workshop, papers and more! Key takeaways are to be released soon on the workshop webpage so stay tuned!