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The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) aims to foster global interdisciplinary research on energy transitions and energy access.

Key research themes include:

  • 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.

May 9-11 2017 @ Environment Hall
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) is an interdisciplinary global collaborative that aims to foster research on energy access and energy transitions. Largely comprised of researchers working on the energy challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries, this “center without walls” is currently housed at Duke University, where it is coordinated by Drs. Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland. Over 60 attendees from 15 countries will be gathering from May 9-11, 2017 at Duke for SETI’s second annual meeting. In addition to research sessions (including on adoption of improved energy technologies, impacts of grid electrification, and policies that drive the global energy transition), this year’s meeting will feature a daylong practitioner workshop. This effort will enhance the dialogue between the academic and the policy communities, with the goal of informing both evidence-based practice as well as policy-relevant scholarship. The workshop is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the Environment for Development Network, and the Project on Access & Transitions to Sustainable Energy at Duke.

Download the Agenda & Speaker Bios from this year’s conference or view below.
SETI 2017 Program & Bios_v2

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