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Sustainable Energy Transitions in Developing and Emerging Economies Workshop

Duke Household Energy and Health Initiative is organizing a three-day workshop on Sustainable Energy Transitions in Developing and Emerging Economies, to be held from April 25-27, 2016 at Duke University. The workshop brings together leading experts working on this theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives but with an emphasis on environmental economics and policy.

The specific focus of the workshop will be on the current state of the global energy transition, including:

· 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.

Responding to the call in the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically Goal 7 – to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – this workshop is expected to generate knowledge about the important role that access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy can play in economic development.

Participation will 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, the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.