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Call for papers on: Systems perspectives on the decarbonisation of transport in low and middle income countries

How and with what consequences low carbon mobility might develop in LMICs is poorly understood. The research in advanced economies highlight several interdependencies and inherent uncertainties, shaped by policy, regulatory, legal, organisational, financial, behavioural and societal issues. This special issue aims to address this gap by bringing together a set of papers into analysis of trade-offs and synergies associated with alternative low carbon mobility pathways in LMICs from a whole systems perspective.

Guest editors:

Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan (n.ozkan@cranfield.ac.uk), Cranfield University, UK

Holger Dalkmann (hdalkmann@sustain2030.net), Sustain 2030

See Transport Policy Journal for full details on the call: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/transport-policy/call-for-papers/decarbonisation-transport-low-middle-income-countries.

Research Questions:

This issue is dedicated to the analysis of decarbonisation of transport from a systems perspective solely in Low and Medium Income Countries, as defined by OECD DAC list. It will address the following research issues, but not limited to:

  • Development of scenario pathways for decarbonisation of transport
  • Assessment of trade-offs associated with the use of metals and minerals in battery production vs other productive industries
  • Assessment of policies to promote the uptake of electric mobility
  • Analysis of the impact of transport sector decarbonisation policies on the rest of the economy
  • Analysis of the interaction and interdependency of policy, regulatory, legal, organisational, financial, behavioural and societal issues for decarbonisation of transport


Manuscript submission and timelines information:

Papers will be reviewed upon receiving before the deadlines, and a decision for each paper will be made, as soon as the review process is complete. The paper will be formally published once it is accepted. Subject to the availability of the funding from the Climate Compatible Growth programme, the accepted papers will be published open access. We may be able to provide proofreading support for researchers from LMICs where English is not the first language. Therefore, early submission is essential for an early decision and securing support for both open access publication charges and proofreading.

Key Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts (via email): 14 January 2022

Invitation of selected abstracts for consideration in the special issue: 21 January 2022

Submission of the full papers (via email): 15 March 2022

Feedback from first-round reviews (via email): 15 April 2022

Submission of revised manuscripts (via EVIS): 15 May 2022

Feedback from second-round reviews (via EVIS, if needed): 15 June 2022

Please make sure that your paper complies with Transport Policy author guidelines:

https://www.elsevier.com/journals/transport-policy/0967-070X/guide-for-authors

(Inquiries and first-round submissions should be directed to one of the Guest Editors).


Past Calls

[Closed] Evidence on Climate Compatible Growth

Climate Compatible Growth is supporting preparations for the UNFCCC climate change summit (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021. CCG has been asked by the COP26 unit in the UK government’s Cabinet Office to assemble and synthesize academic evidence on eight priority topics on clean energy transitions and climate compatible growth. This evidence will contribute to discussions with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as CCG’s future research priorities. Papers will be published in open access Elsevier journals, with fees paid by the programme. Authors will need to submit a shorter briefing paper for a policy audience, so as to have an impact on preparations for COP26. LMIC researchers are particularly invited to submit.

Key Dates

CCG COP26 call for papers webinar: Thursday 20 May 2021. This event has now ended.

This call is now closed: Abstract (extended) deadline: by the end of Monday 24 May 2021 (GMT+1) (200 words)

Feedback on abstracts will be provided on 27 May 2021

Successful abstracts: provide summary briefing by the end of 30 June 2021 (GMT+1) (1000 words). 

Full paper by the end of 31 August 2021 (GMT+1) [note: this deadline has been extended]

Click the button below to express your interest or submit an abstract (link is to a Google Form).

Priority Topics

Submissions of abstracts on priority topics marked in bold are particularly encouraged

  1. Renewables integration into reliable, secure electricity systems, including the future design of markets that take account of changes in technology and decentralization
  2. Regional collaboration to achieve climate compatible growth, including international electricity grids
  3. Shifting away from coal-fired power, including innovative finance for retiring existing plants early
  4. The implications of electricity system change implications for materials, mining, and processing
  5. Political, economic, and energy system implications of a transition to clean transport
  6. Investment ready energy policies: a synthesis of existing evidence
  7. Political economy of energy system transitions
  8. Covid recovery and climate compatible growth 

Point of Contact

If you have any queries please contact either of the following with the subject line:
“CCG COP Call for Papers enquiry”

Dr Stephanie Hirmer
stephanie.hirmer@eng.ox.ac.uk

Prof Jim Watson
j.watson@ucl.ac.uk