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Conference Program

16 June (9 AM - 1 PM)

Register here: https://wvu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rTAEcna6RqS9_RlkTza9ng

Welcoming

Paolo Farah,

Chair of the 2nd Energy Transition Colloquium &  WVU Eberly College, Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics

Bradley Wilson,

Director of the Center for Resilient Communities, WVU Eberly College, Geography

9:00 – 10:00 am

I. Facilitating the Energy Transition I: Public International Law, Trade and Climate Change

1.   Larry Catá Backer, Pennsylvania State University, School of Law and School of International Affairs (USA), Facilitating the Energy Transition: A Human Right and Soft Law Perspective

2.   Mahatab Uddin, University of Guelph (Canada) and University of Southern Denmark, Centre for Law, Sustainability, and Justice (Denmark), Trade and Climate Change for the Promotion of Clean Energy Technologies

3.   Francesco Adamo, University of Eastern Piedmont, Geoprogress - NPO (Italy), Funds for Energy Transition in the Environmentally Creditors Countries

10:00 – 10:30 am

Questions and Answers: Larry Backer, Mahatab Uddin, Francesco Adamo, Paolo Farah

10:30 – 10:45 am - Break

10:45 – 11:45 am

II. A Transition on the Making: The Case of Appalachian

1.   Michaud Gilbert, Loyola University Chicago, School of Environmental Sustainability (USA), The Decline of the Coal Economy in Southern Ohio and the Recent Growth of the Solar Industry: Challenges and Opportunities through Public Engagement  

2.   Stefania Staniscia, West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, School of Design & Community Development, Landscape Architecture (USA), Art-based Approach to the Energy Transition: Land Mine Reclamation in West Virginia

3.   Nicholas Ashford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (USA)

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Roundtable and Cross Talk Dialogue: Larry Backer, Mahatab Uddin, Francesco Adamo, Michaud Gilbert, Stefania Staniscia, Nicholas Ashford, Paolo D. Farah

17 June (9 AM - 1 PM)

Register here: https://wvu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U-He006sToqm7NNxjmMwMw

Welcoming

Paolo Farah,

Chair of the 2nd Energy Transition Colloquium & WVU Eberly College, Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics

Bradley Wilson,

Director of the Center for Resilient Communities, WVU Eberly College, Geography

III. Facilitating the Energy Transition II: An International and Comparative Perspective

1. Imad Antoine Ibrahim, Qatar University, Center for Law and Development – CLD (Qatar), Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: A Legal Appraisal in the Context of the MENA Region

2. Simón Ladino Cano, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (France), Unleashing a Just Transition in Latin America: Insights for Tackling Energy Transition Obstacles in the Pacific Alliance Countries (to be confirmed)

3. Beibit Shangirbayeva, Gumiloyv Eurasian National University, Department of International Law, Law School, Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Nexus Between Extraction of Natural Resources and Political Reform: A Case of Kazakhstan

10:00 – 10:30 am

Questions and Answers: Imad Antoine Ibrahim, Simón Ladino Cano, Beibit Shangirbayeva

10:30 – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 – 11:30 am

IV. Facilitating the Energy Transition III: The EU Perspective

1. Luigimaria Riccardi, University of Pisa, Department of Political Science (Italy), Power To Gas and ‘Green’ Hydrogen in the EU: The Energy Transition Between Innovation and Fragmentation

2. Martin Svec, Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Department of Energy Law, Institute of Law and Technology, REPowerEU: EU’s Energy Transition in the Context of Russian Aggression against Ukraine

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Roundtable and Cross Talk Dialogue: Imad Antoine Ibrahim, Simón Ladino Cano, Beibit Shangirbayeva, Luigimaria Riccardi, Martin Svec, Paolo D. Farah

Toward a Renewable Energy Transition in Appalachia

April 28, 11 AM - 12 30 PM


Welcoming Address

Paolo Farah

Chair of the 2nd Energy Transition Colloquium &  Associate Professor, WVU Eberly College, Public Administration

Bradley Wilson,

Director of the Center for Resilient Communities & Associate Professor, WVU Eberly College, Geography

Speakers

Adrian Anderson

Senior Director - Renewable Energy Microsoft

Joey James

Principal - Downstream Strategies

Thomson Gross

GIS Analyst - Urban Grid Solar

Amanda Marple

Land Owner Relations Specialist - Urban Grid Solar

Autumn Long

Project Manager - Appalachian Solar Finance Fund

The online conversation Toward a Renewable Energy Transition in Appalachia, part of the 2nd Energy Transition Colloquium, will explore ways to leverage on renewables to facilitate the energy transition in Appalachia.

The speakers will answer the following crucial questions for the future of our energy system:

  • What are the key obstacles and opportunities right now in advancing renewable energy transition (in Appalachia or in general)
  • How or why is renewable energy transition a social and environmental justice issue?
  • What kinds of research do we need to advance a just renewable energy transition? How can we more effectively increase public participation in research / science / policy for renewable energy transition?

Reflections and Agenda Setting for the 2nd Energy Transition Colloquium

April 28, 2 30 PM - 4:30 PM

Paolo D. Farah

Public Administration, West Virginia University, USA & gLAWcal, UK

Bradley Wilson

Geography, West Virginia University & Center for Resilient Communities

Brenden McNeil

Geography, West Virginia University

Co-organizers

The international conference is organized by the Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration of West Virginia University, USA.

The event is in collaboration with the WVU Center for Resilient Communities (CRC), the WVU Eberly College Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative on Global Challenges and Local Response Initiatives & WVU Eberly College Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative on Climate, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Interest Group on International Environmental Law and Interest Group on Intellectual Property Law, and gLAWcal - Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UK. Registration to the conference is available here.

Introduction

Regulating  climate change,  human health,  human genome,  circular economy,  pandemics,  nanoscience,  sustainable development, food safety and  security would not be possible without objective and  scientifically sound information. In these science-based areas, scientific arguments and proceedings have often been a way to achieve political agreements in practice (norms and standards). However, in recent times, sound science data has been put in doubt. This is partly caused by the diversity of sources and ideology of scientific information. Since the  role of science in policymaking and public administration is under fire domestically and internationally and scientific data are relativized in the  post-truth era, the very foundations of  rule of law are undermined. Along with this necessity to reassess the importance of  evidence-based legislation,  citizens should be a part of and brought back into the policy process.  Inclusive public engagement is therefore not only pivotal to guarantee the legitimacy and legitimization of policy, but also to  align science and technology progress to society’s needs. Laws, regulations and policies could bring alignments between the scientific community, policymakers and citizens by providing a framework aimed at increasing trust between them. This is particularly relevant in the areas of  energy, environment and, climate.

The abundance of  natural resources in the  Appalachian region coupled with federal and state level incentives for energy companies bring positive spillovers not only with regards to  job creation, but also  energy transition. Particular attention will be paid, in this conference, to  case studies in the US (including, but not limited to,  West Virginia,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania,  Maryland,  Delaware,  New Jersey,  Kentucky and  Tennessee)and to the identification of different answers in the energy field between the state and federal levels. In addressing energy, a multiscalar and multilevel perspective is essential to better grasp the peculiarities of  energy policy. Because of the  transnational nature of the  environmental crises, the geographical coverage of the conference is however not limited to the US.  Multilateral, regional, state, and city responses help to better  design and formulate national energy policy. Therefore, we strongly encourage submissions that focus on national and local experiences inside and outside of the US.  European Countries are also addressing similar issues as the US such as inadequacies of the national grid for integrating renewables and for power distribution, energy diversification of the national portfolio and increasing energy security. As an example,  article 194 TFUE is focused on ensuring the functioning of the market and the security of supply, promoting efficiency and the inter-connection of energy networks.

Any paper submission on the experiences from  Global South countries would be also an asset. Considering the challenges of  environmental degradation, the mainstreaming of  scientifically dubious approaches to energy and environmental policy, the worsening of climate conditions, and the increasing participation of  concerned citizens in environmental  protests and movements, the conference will focus on energy, environment and climate and encourages different perspectives on these topics. One of these perspective research areas, Science, Technology, and Society, in fact, involves different disciplines and expertise including public policy, public administration, geography, sociology, anthropology, history, political philosophy, law (including comparative and international law), communication, as well as other disciplines in humanities,  social sciences and  sciences disciplines.

Inclusive public engagement is therefore not only pivotal to guarantee the legitimacy and legitimization of policy, but also to align science and technology progress to society’s needs

Areas of Interest

I. Public Engagement in Science for Energy Transition

Promoting an  energy transition that  works for all depends upon shared prosperity,  sound science and the development of appropriate  technology that is  clean,  affordable and  sustainable. What is the role of public engagement in science in advancing energy transition? Science can serve as a means to  enhance the understanding of citizens, shape  social debate,  inform public policy and implement policies for the purposes of  sustainable development. Yet, the  role of science in policymaking and industrial decision-making for promoting energy transitions is  under fire domestically and internationally. Not only is  evidence-based science necessary for law and policy, but also for the public to be able to actively participate in scientific inquiry and shape the policy process.  Inclusive public engagement in science for energy transition is therefore not only pivotal to guarantee the legitimacy and legitimization of future energy policy, but also to align science and technology to society’s needs.

  • What is the scope of public engagement in energy transition research?
  • What are the most important (trans)disciplinary energy transition research lines of inquiry and how are different publics engaged?
  • What ethical, moral and political assumptions underly certain lines of inquiry in energy transition research?
  • How do we evaluate the appropriateness of various new energy technologies?
  • How will energy transition research be funded - publicly, privately?
  • Who will be empowered to participate in energy transition research?
  • What role do land-grant universities play in energy transition research?

II. Investment, Innovation and Intellectual Property in a Global Energy Transition

Corporate investment in  research and development of renewable and other energy transition  technologies depends a great deal upon  regulatory frameworks and  intellectual property regimes that protect  innovation in the energy sector. Global  competition in this sector has raised complex national and transnational legal challenges in the protection of creative research and technology development.  Big data's, and other emerging technologies, role in the environmental field remain underexamined in literature and require further research. These technologies have the potential to play an important role in the  global energy transition.

  • How to bridge technology transfer and energy innovation?
  • How to design an appropriate IPRs Regime for energy transition?
  • What is the role of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Know-How in the energy transition?
  • What is the role of State and Non-State Actors in questioning and supervising the energy transition?
  • How to leverage emerging technologies for the energy transition?

III. Affordability, Commoning and Innovation in the Regional Energy Transition

Energy  transition is often envisaged as a  global affair. International treaties, national investments, and global corporate actors dominate the news headlines.  Energy transition has so far been framed as a task in the hands of private businesses. Indeed, energy transitions will take shape through  regional, municipal and other local implementation efforts. By doing so, positive trickle down effects could be gained along with a better alignment with local people's needs and priorities. Over the next few years, we are likely to find more and more  renewable energy transition initiatives led by  cities,  counties and even  regional development actors. What we really need is a shift in the perspective by looking at ways to understand the transition as a  common good of humanity at the  service of the local.

  • How to engage local State and Non State actors for the energy transition?
  • Which stories and incentives have cities, counties and regional development actors already put in place for the energy transition?
  • Why and how do we strengthen the relationship between Natural Resources and Community Development?
  • What is the role of Public-Private Partnerships in the Energy transition?
  • How to develop innovative public-private partnership for shifting the focus from profit maximization to social benefits?
  • How to craft inclusive Energy Policy for Sustainable Economic and Community Development at the local level?
  • How to scale up renewable energy projects implemented at the local level?
  • What are the policies (i.e., Benefit Sharing Agreements, Industrial Reorganization and Job Creation) to boost Innovation and Energy Efficiency with the local dimension at the center ?
  • How to draw from experiences and initiatives from the Global South to facilitate the energy transition in the US?
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Application

Applications should be submitted via the following Google Form (https://forms.gle/JCSF2J6hTbWZYHYZA) by:

  • May 1, for the 19-20 May Conference
  • June 1, for the 16-17 June Conference

If you need any information, please contact the Conference Chair at the following email address: paolofarah@yahoo.com

Please include the following information in the google form:

  • The author’s name and affiliation;
  • A 500-700-word abstract;
  • The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications, if applicable;
  • The author’s contact details, including e-mail address and phone number;
  • The author's preferred date to present at the conference and their preference to present in person or online;
  • Co-authored papers are also welcomed.

Eligibility

This call is open to all senior and junior academics, as well as, business professionals and practitioners who are members of international organizations or NGOs that work in these areas.

Publication Opportunities

The organizers plan to publish papers that are presented, in a format to be discussed at the time of the conference. However, potential options that the organizers envisage include the publishing of a book collection book collection in the Palgrave MacMillan (Spring Nature, Switzerland) multidisciplinary gLAWcal book series on “ Global Issues", or a special issue/symposium in relevant peer-reviewed SSCI or US Journals.

Conference Chair

PAOLO D. FARAH

West Virginia University (WVU), Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration

Co-Organizers

The international conference is organized by the Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration of West Virginia University, USA.

The event is in collaboration with the WVU Center for Resilient Communities (CRC), the WVU Eberly College Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative on Global Challenges and Local Response Initiatives & WVU Eberly College Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative on Climate, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Interest Group on International Environmental Law and Interest Group on Intellectual Property Law, gLAWcal - Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UK, and Qatar University, Center for Law and Development(CLD), Qatar.

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