Headline: Call for Panels and Papers "Political Economy of the Global Energy Transition: a Multi-scalar Perspective", ECPR General Conference 2019 in Wroclaw

The Academic Convenors of the ECPR General Conference in Wrocław 2019, taking place from September 4th to 7th, 2019, have confirmed a Section on "Political Economy of the Global Energy Transition: a Multi-scalar Perspective" (Section 44), initiated by the IASS and partners.

The organisers would like to encourage you to submit a paper or panel (Deadline: February 18th, 2019). In particular, they welcome papers that address the following topics:

  1. The Foreign Policy Dimension of Clean Energy Transitions (Chair: Sonja Thielges, IASS Potsdam, Email: sonja.thielges@iass-potsdam)
    Transitions to clean energy are taking place in different forms and at different speeds in countries around the globe. These energy transitions increasingly have foreign policy implications. The panel calls for papers that contribute to a comparative perspective on foreign energy policy in key countries in the context of global and national energy transition processes. It will examine related questions such as: What kind of foreign energy policy priorities and strategies are different countries pursuing? How are domestic energy transitions shaping interests and strategies in the field of foreign energy policy? How are energy transitions influencing the geopolitics of energy?
  2. The International Political Economy of the Energy Transition in the Global South (Chair: Andreas Goldthau, Royal Holloway College, University of London, Email: andreas.goldthau@royalholloway.ac.uk)
    The global low carbon transition presents great opportunities for sustainable growth and alleviating energy poverty. It also presents new risks, as developing nations lack access to low carbon technology or capital at the necessary scale; and their position in rapidly recalibrating global supply and value chains might change. This panel explores the opportunities and risks facing countries in the Global South against the backdrop of the world embracing a low carbon future. Contributions to this panel will be both conceptual in nature and empirically-driven, and may look at single studies or adopt a comparative approach.
  3. Europeanisation of the Clean Energy Transition: Driver or Barrier of a Carbon-Free Electricity System? (Chair: Johan Lilliestam, ETH Zürich, Email: johan.lilliestam@usys.ethz.ch)
    Over the last decade, we have observed increasing coordination and harmonisation of the energy policies between Member States of the European Union, and we have also seen a shift of energy policy competence to Brussels. We invite papers that explore the impact of increasing Europeanisation of energy policy on the prospects of a transition to a zero-carbon energy system. Does this increasing Europeanisation mainly contribute to increasing cost-efficiency and overall more ambitious domestic policies? Or does it instead also hold risks, such as slowing down the transition pace to the lowest speed acceptable to all Member States?
  4. The Political Economy of Local Sustainable Energy Transitions  (Chair: Caroline Kuzemko, University of Warwick, Email: C.Kuzemko.1@warwick.ac.uk)
    This panel explores the political economy of local sustainable energy transitions by asking questions about how we can better understand the juxtaposition between the potential of ‘the local’ as a site of sustainable, and more democratic, change and observations about limited local political, financial, and technical capacities.
  5. Innovation and Industrial Policy in the Global Clean Energy Sector (Chair: Rainer Quitzow, IASS Potsdam, Email: rainer.quitzow@iass-potsdam.de)
    The panel explores the evolving role of industrial and innovation policy in the global clean energy sector. How is the transition to clean energy shaping dynamics of industrial development and innovation and related policy approaches? How are these industrial dynamics reconfiguring the politics and policies of energy transitions across different geographic scales and levels of governance?
  6. Fossil Fuel Phase-out and Structural Change in the Global Energy Transition (Chair: Jessica Jewell, IIASA, Email: jewell@iiasa.ac.at)
    Under most decarbonization scenarios roughly two thirds of the world’s fossil fuel reserves would be ‘unburnable’ which would represent a significant structural shift in the global energy system. How will these carbon constraints impact energy companies and actors at different geographic scales? What are the related implications for energy transition governance across these scales?