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Call for Papers for SETI's Annual Meeting - new deadline

The Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) takes place on June 17 - 19, 2021.
The new deadline for submission of papers is May 15, 2021. 

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The sixth annual meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) will take place from June 17 – 19, 2021, virtually. It's hosted by NENRE-EfD Chile at the University of Concepción and Duke University, virtually. We encourage two types of submissions this year. First, in keeping with prior meetings, we are soliciting 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 any of the specific sub-topics identified below. Second, we encourage researchers to submit ideas for a policy session, featuring any of the following combinations of elements – keynote address, panel discussion, breakout sessions, moderated plenary discussion – also on the same sub-topics and themes of interest to the collaborative. Click here to submit your ideas. If you are not able to see this form, please send the information to

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 likely consist of a set of presentations and comments by selected speakers and discussants, 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 in different contexts; and 3) the progress and potential of climate mitigation and adaptation policies in LMICs. We also encourage submissions related to the following priority SETI sub-topics:

  • 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;

  • The gender and energy transition nexus, including research on both the role of empowerment in facilitating energy transition and how energy transitions may themselves contribute to empowerment;

  • 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 research gaps identified in the SETI systematic review of the broader literature on energy transitions.

Participation in the workshop will be open and free to all, though pre-registration will be required.

Please submit papers/extended abstracts by April 30 via this submission form. For multiple submissions, please submit multiple forms. We will notify those with accepted papers by mid-May. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Cristóbal Vásquez at

Also, as you may know, the administration of SETI migrated in early 2021 to the EfD center in Chile (NENRE EfD-Chile). This year’s annual meeting will demonstrate the close collaboration that has been initiated between EfD-Chile and Duke University to extend the reach of the collaborative, as also supported by a steering committee representing all global regions. During this new and exciting second phase of SETI, Duke will continue to support SETI and guide the new administrative team at NENRE who will expand and strengthen our community of researchers and practitioners even further, while promoting the dissemination of scientific work that could provide insights to support energy transitions in the Global South.


SETI local coordination committee in EfD-Chile, and at Duke.

News | 31 March 2021