Call for papers for workshop: "Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems: Experiences from Asia and Latin America"


      UPDATE (22 November 2017): Submission deadline extended to 15 December, and eligility narrowed to PhD holders who are younger than 45

      1. Background and purpose

      This three-day, fully-funded workshop is focused on discussion of policy-oriented research on clean energy solutions for Asian and Latin American cities. Participants will share experiences and work together to design sustainable energy solutions for urban areas, and are expected to gain a solid understanding of key policies and instruments that can be developed to help communities establish a low-carbon energy system toward the attainment of local and global goals of sustainable development.

      Climate change is likely to exacerbate existing urban environmental management challenges. Large cities are responsible for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and given current demographic trends, their GHG output is likely to increase over time. These challenges highlight the need for cities to rethink how to deploy their assets, protect their people, and prioritize their infrastructure investments, and consider how climate change may impact their long-term growth and development plans.

      Based on this understanding, this workshop will present numerous lectures by experts to explore best practices for sustainable urban energy system development. The three-day program combines these talks with hands-on sessions, in which participants will use tools to practice applying policies and scenarios, and learn how to develop their own strategic plans, as well as share findings and lessons between Asia and Latin America.

      Publication of an edited volume based on this workshop is under consideration.

      Event details

      Title: "Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems: Experiences from Asia and Latin America"
      Dates: Thursday-Saturday 1-3 February 2018
      Venue: Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

      Travel funding

      For participants from Brazil: roundtrip between Brazil and Japan
      For participants from Japan: travel to the venue

      2. Eligibility: early-career scholars

      This call is for early-career scholars from Japanese and Brazilian universities with an interest in sustainable urban energy solutions or similar topics.

      "Early-career scholars" here refer to PhD holders who are younger than 45.

      3. Application procedures

      Email the required documents to the corresponding organizer with the subject, "Workshop Kyoto", by Friday 15 December 2017.

      Required documents

      Selection will be based on submitted CVs and abstracts, considering the potential to contribute to a policy-oriented discussion.

      1. Short CV (maximum 2 pages, any format)
      2. Extended abstract in English (500-1000 words, MS Word)
        - The abstract should include the main points of the planned paper, as well as brief descriptions of theories/perspectives, research methods, and results and findings
        - The paper should be based on empirical research and be policy-oriented
        - The author is expected to have obtained comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data on energy demand and supply in one or more cities in Asia or Latin America, since such data are required for some of the activities in the workshop (details to be provided to successful applicants)
        - The file name must include the last (family) name of the first author
        - Papers may be co-authored, but the first author must be an early-career scholar
      3. Scan of the applicant's PhD diploma or certificate issued by a Brazilian or Japanese institution

      Where to apply

      From Brazil: jose.puppim* (replace * with @)
      From Japan: hooman.farzaneh.2v* (replace * with @)

      Schedule and deadlines

      1. Deadline for the submission of abstracts:

      Friday 15 December 2017

      2. Acceptance decision:

      Saturday 30 December 2017

      3. Deadline for the submission of first drafts of the papers:

      Monday 15 January 2018

      4. Workshop:

      Thursday-Saturday 1-3 February 2018


      • Dr Hooman Farzaneh
        hooman.farzaneh.2v* (replace * with @)
      • Ms Sasha Yoshioka
        sasha-y* (replace * with @)

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