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Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

Energy Policy Research – publish via a Palgrave Pivot

Are there any academics out there who would like to write about energy policies in a broad sense, and the politics behind their development?  The Energy Policy Group is the home of the new series of Palgrave Pivots on Progressive Energy Policy. Pivots are 25,000 to 50,000 words in length and can be single or multi-authored. In brief we are seeking pivots that are:

  • important to understanding the role of energy policy within processes of sustainable and equitable energy transitions.
  • pivotal in nature, i.e. pivots should seek to be visionary, challenging conventional wisdom and/or arguing for new and innovative ways of understanding and engaging with energy policy.
  • theoretically informed but firmly evidence-based seeking to link theory and policy to outcomes and practices.
  • investigating energy policy within broader political, social and economic contexts.

They are peer reviewed; the equivalent in terms of REF as a journal article, but allows a bit more depth for a discussion – but no so much it is a book. They are sold as e-books primarily, but they can also be bought as a slim hard-backed volume.

Progressive Energy Policy Series

Pivots should be relevant to the transition from the current non-sustainable, fossil fuel based energy system to an environmentally sustainable, equitable, low carbon system. We are interested in this at all levels of governance including domestic, regional, international as well as inter- and intra-regional studies. This can be about policies, institutions, market design, network rules and incentives, tariffs and supply structures. We are also interested in the links between energy transition and economic growth within the context of creating and maintaining a broadly sustainable economy as well as interactions between energy, climate, development, economic and security policy.

This brief for the energy policy pivots would mean that we are not interested in general descriptions of policies but we are interested in what is behind a policy, how did it develop as it did? , what has its outcomes been. For example, interactions between stakeholders, power relations and interests that precede the policy and illuminate how it came it came into being; why the specifics of the institutions, design, rules and incentives are as they are; how it then interacts in practice with other energy policy objectives as well as with other policy areas of the country, region or locale; how the policy impacts on stakeholders, such as business costs and practices, and consumers. We are also interested in the development of a theory of transition related to practice.

This means we are focused on energy systems; inter-connections within and between systems and on analyses that move beyond description to evaluate and unpack energy governance systems and decisions. Choice of energy policy topic for pivots is open to anywhere in the world provided our focus above is met. We hope that the pivots represent global energy policy issues.

Application Process

We welcome applications from all disciplines provided proposals are relevant to multiple parts of the energy system and about processes of change towards a sustainable economy. The pivots can be single or multi-authored but not edited.

To apply for a pivot, authors need to complete and submit an initial proposal (DOC)

For more information view the Progressive Energy Policy Pivots flyer (PDF) and the Palgrave summary on their Pivot series (PDF) 

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