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Transdisciplinary science in energy transitions: thinking outside strictly formalised modelling boxes

Call for Papers

Deadline: 15th January 2020

Responding to the climate crisis requires transdisciplinary processes to come into play in order to put together a jigsaw of initiatives that altogether constitute effective policy at different geographic scales: the Paris Agreement, the Global Stocktake, the Talanoa spirit and the urgent need for constantly increasing ambition all highlight existing and bring about new challenges to science in support of energy and climate policy making.

From an empirical point of view, research must stand ready to answer emerging questions that stray from the traditional climate change and policy impact assessment. These include but are not limited to the quantification of Paris-compliant transitions pathways; the consideration of diverse cooperation and coordination regimes; the quantitative assessment of ancillary benefits and avoided impacts from climate action; focused analysis of all dimensions of Nationally Determined Contributions, such as adequacy in respect to actual 1.5°C objectives, potential distributional impacts, and contribution to international equity and other sustainable development goals; and quantitative or qualitative consideration of synergies and conflicts with other policies and/or initiatives.

Furthermore, there currently exist heated debates on the right approach to mitigating emissions from the aviation industry, on the implementation of pathways that highlight energy and climate justice, as well as on the role of negative emissions technologies that most modelling scenarios currently rely on, cultivating the need to carefully examine how their potential could be overestimated and give rise to delays in emission reductions.

Given these challenges and needs, the scientific community must move outside its comfort zone and work hard on combining perspectives across various disciplines and fields, in order to effectively contribute to climate action talks and inform policymaking processes on realistic grounds and in response to actual policy needs. In essence, this calls for improving or integrating climate-economy models with other tools, unlocking assumptions from anchored socioeconomic scenarios, assessing the true impact of uncertainties, and working together with policymakers and other stakeholder groups.

This special issue is devoted to research that touches such critical policy questions, while enhancing the transparency and legitimacy of the scientific processes in support of climate policymaking, as well as introducing innovative frameworks that improve the robustness of modelling outcomes against different types of uncertainties.

Topics Covered Include:
Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Integrating diverse stakeholder groups and/or modelling tools to analyse cross-cutting energy and climate policy-relevant issues.
  • Assessing national or regional potentials for realising large-scale energy transformations.
  • What does stakeholder knowledge tell us that models cannot?
  • Evaluating synergies, conflicts and co-benefits of climate action and other dimensions of sustainable development.
  • Socio-technical analysis of sustainable energy transitions.
  • Bridging the gap between policy needs and research questions in climate-economy modelling.
  • The true potential of on-time, large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies.
  • Risk and transitions governance.
  • Equity in climate action: highlighting international cooperation, climate finance, and exchange of knowledge, technology.
  • Just transitions: qualitative and quantitative systems modelling of distributional impacts.
  • National action - global progress: coordination and management of the global stocktake.
  • Perspectives on controlling mitigation of emissions from international aviation.
  • Path dependencies and carbon lock-ins: the essence of timing in renewable energy transformations.

Submit your Manuscript

All manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer-review process and need to adhere to the journal’s formatting guidelines. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided in the Instructions for Authors webpage.

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Important Dates

The call for manuscripts is open. Please kindly note that review process starts immediately after the submission of a manuscript. In this respect, authors are encouraged to submit at their earlier convenience.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  15 January 2020

Guest Editors

Dr. Annela Anger-Kraavi, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Haris Doukas, Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy

Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy serves as a forum for the reporting and investigation of economic and political trends and issues relating to the use of both fossil and alternate fuel sources. Energy Sources, Part B looks to publish articles that showcase the current uncertainty regarding the prospects of different technology options, and to highlight both current advancements and needs for further research and demonstration.

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