Call for abstracts now open! ~Deadline 31st January 2016 ~

Climate policy innovation and the access to clean energy technology in Developing Countries

Innovation and diffusion of clean energy technology is essential for moving toward a green economy in a carbon-constrained world. While the developed world is trying to transition to a more carbon-neutral energy mix, developing countries are struggling to secure sufficient energy to meet basic human needs. This fully funded workshop will bring together 20-25 scholars under the flag of the COST Action INOGOV (Innovations in Climate Governance) to discuss climate policy innovation and access to clean energy technology in particular in developing countries.

This workshop aims to provide an in-depth investigation of the barriers to the diffusion of clean energy technologies to developing countries, as well as the governance mechanisms (policies and international cooperation) that can help to unlock diffusion and improve clean energy access. The workshop will contribute to INOGOV’s objectives by bringing together academic and policy researchers working on climate policy to improve integration of research and exchange, while informing future policy decisions.

We invite social scientists from all disciplines to debate around three main questions:

1) What are the most important barriers to low-cost green technology diffusion across developing countries?

2) What is the impact of innovative domestic policies and transnational collaboration on the diffusion patterns of low-cost clean energy technologies across states?

3) How can the transnational clean energy regime facilitate the international diffusion of clean energy technologies and thereby help to address energy poverty, green growth and climate change in developing country contexts?

We welcome theoretical papers, methodological papers, and empirical studies or combinations thereof; and invite abstracts that discuss and examine climate policy innovation and access to energy technology. The aim is to publish the draft papers, subject to normal review process, as a special volume in a high ranked scientific journal/or edited book.

Practicalities and submission deadlines

The workshop will be funded under the 4 year COST Action INOGOV. INOGOV will cover reasonable travel costs and accommodation of all invited authors, subject to standard COST reimbursement and eligibility rules.

Interested participants/authors are encouraged to submit 500 word abstracts by 31 January 2016 as a first step towards full paper development. Please send your abstract to the workshop organisers at (subject line: INOGOV Climate Policy Innovation Workshop).

Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by 29 February 2016 and those selected to contribute to the workshop will receive funding to cover their costs of participation. Contributing authors are expected to submit a full first draft of their paper by 1 April 2016 to be distributed to all workshop participants before the workshop. The drafts will be intensively debated at the workshop and full papers should tentatively be submitted for the review process by 31 August 2016.

Authors with specific questions are encouraged to contact workshop organisers: Professor Liliana Andonova ( and Dr. Joëlle Noailly (

Coordination and local organization:

Nathalie Fauvarque
Tel : +41-22 908 44 61

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