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OPPORTUNITY: Call for abstracts – Development and Mitigation Forum

Convened and supported by the MAPS Programme, the Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town together with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi are hosting a Forum on Development and Mitigation in Cape Town in January 2014. The Forum is conceptualised as a platform to share experience on development and mitigation, from a developing country perspective. It is part of a series of collaborative events hosted by southern research institutions to stimulate conversation around global and national governance of development and climate change, both in the context of local planning and in the lead up to negotiation of the 2015 UNFCCC agreement.

Call for Abstracts

The Forum will be run as an academic conference and is intended to facilitate, enrich and expand existing dialogues and collaborations on the broad theme of development and climate change mitigation. We invite abstracts on the following topics under this broad theme:

  • poverty,
  • inequality,
  • the co-benefits approach,
  • alternative development paths,
  • resource endowments,
  • energy security,
  • competitiveness,
  • national planning for a low carbon future,
  • process experiences, and
  • analytical tools.

The content of the final programme will be tailored around the themes of the successful abstracts, and the final papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings.

The Review Committee will include:

  • Navroz Dubash, Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi)
  • Fei Teng, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University (Beijing)
  • P.R. Shukla, Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)
  • Harald Winkler, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town (Cape Town)
  • Kim Coetzee, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town (Cape Town)
  • Emily Tyler, independent climate mitigation economist (Cape Town)


Abstracts of 300 – 500 words can be submitted via up until 26 July 2013. Authors will be notified by 19 August 2013 as to whether their abstract has been accepted. Full papers are due by 14 October 2013 for peer review.


The Forum programme will include keynotes by Kuben Naidoo, Adviser to the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and Anand Patwardhan of the Indian Institute of Technology, author presentations of papers, panel discussions, semi-structured discussions, breakaway roundtables to focus on particular issues and ample opportunity for networking and corridor discussion. Highlights of the Forum will be broadcast via twitter, participant blogs and videos.  The official proceedings will be published on the MAPS, CPR and ERC websites.


The Forum will take place 27-29 January 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Limited financial support is available to authors, upon application.


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