“With over 50% of the global population residing in cities, projected to grow to 70% in the coming decades, the urban energy transformation has never been more relevant.”





Symposium Venue

Research Center for Regional Development and Planning

Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS)

73, East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, China


The transition in energy systems has been playing an important role in urban sustainability and associated policy making, especially in Asia over the recent decades. As the cities and towns in Asia are undergoing rapid and intense socioeconomic transformations during recent decades, a process that has been accompanied by rapid economic development, Asia’s energy systems will experience significant change over the coming decades. The local governments continuously look for a practical and sustainable path to a low-carbon future – reducing emissions in an economically attractive, socially acceptable, low-risk and technically feasible manner. Efforts to understand the energy transitions within different social and geographical contexts have drawn attention of both academics and policymakers in the recent years. Key issue here is: more understanding is required on the politics and practice of urban energy transitions in Asia.


The Research Center for Regional Development and Planning, at the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS), with generous financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and in association with Klimate Research Institute of Sustainable Habitat (KRISH), India, is proudly announcing the early career symposium on ‘Energy Transitions in Asia- Towards a Research and Policy Agenda’[1]. The symposium is a friendly and supportive event that aims to encourage postgraduate researchers, at any stage in their studies, and early career researchers to engage in debates, present their research and collaborate with other early career researchers in a welcoming and supportive environment.


The symposium will run in several sessions. The overarching themes for the event will include the transition to:

  • Economically competitive energy futures
  • Sustainable and resilience energy sources
  • Environmentally and socially equitable energy futures
  • Unconventional energy markets

The contributions may be generic in nature or be specific to a particular geographical region, or typologies of city based on population size, economic structure, geography, or other classification scheme; they may be specific to a theme or cut across several themes (examples of cross-cutting themes might include planning and governance strategies, decision support tools, envisioning and transition studies and strategies); and they may also consider particular energy transition challenges.

The papers may also emerge from research questions, such as, if not limited to, how can cities shape sustainable energy transitions and how would we know if they were? What are the sustainable energy transformative initiatives in Asia and to what extent have they been integrated into the urban energy planning to help achieving low-carbon transition?  What are the forces underlying energy transitions in Asia?  What are the opportunities and challenges for energy transitions in Asia? and what policy recommendations can be made to the urban governments to better cope with energy use and achieve sustainable energy transformations?


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on each of these themes by 15 May 2016.

Abstract submission

An expression of interest should take the form of a title and an abstract (200 words) and indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author/(s). The deadline for expressions of interest is 15 May 2016. Please indicate whether your abstract is intended for oral or poster submission and send an email as per below instructions.

Email Subject: Poster/Paper-First Name-Last Name-Title

File Name: First Name_Last Name_Title

Full Paper/Poster Submission

Full Papers should be in the range of 3, 000 to 5, 000 words. Posters should be in the size of A1. Please indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author. The deadline for submission of posters and full papers is 31 August 2016 for the accepted abstracts.

You will receive confirmation of the outcome of your abstract submission by 31 May 2016. Upon the acceptance of the abstracts, full length papers will be expected to be submitted for review by 31 August 2016.


Two “Best Young Scientist Award” will be given to best paper and/or poster presentation.


  1. All the accepted abstracts are going to be published in the Abstracts & Proceedings and will be given to the participants on the conference day.
  2. The conference proceedings will potentially be published in ‘Energy Procedia’. We are also exploring the opportunity to publish all accepted full papers, with the prior permission of the authors, in a book format (edited by Prof Chen Wen, Prof Yehua Dennis Wei, and Dr. Komali Yenneti).


  1. Both abstract and full papers should be sent to: Mr. Gaurav Joshi ( )
  2. Once your abstract has been accepted we will send you a link to a registration site where you can indicate your attendance and preferences regarding catering, etc. Everyone interested in attending the symposium are also welcome to join us and follow the event in Nanjing. Thanks to the kind support from the NSFC, the Attendance is Free of Charge.
  3. For all participants, we will provide catering (refreshments, lunch, etc.) at the symposium venue. We will reimburse a fixed printing costs of all posters accepted for presentation. We also have a number of first come first serve basis travel grants for participants within China.



Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province in the Yangtze River Delta. Throughout the long history of China, Nanjing, has held the position not only as the political capital but also as the cultural center. Among the landmarks of Nanjing are the City Wall, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and the Confucius Temple. Over the thousands of years of its development, Nanjing has been a centre of creative innovations, ranging from Mr. Zu Chongzhi’s modified calendar, the 7 decimals of the ratio of circumference of Pi, to the Creative Nanjing-New Generation Design Exhibition that engages the whole city. Following the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the ancient yet vigorous city is bound to amaze the world once more. The 2500 years of cultural legend has contributed to the essence of this creative city.

We look forward to seeing you in Nanjing!!



Prof Chen Wen, NIGLAS, China


Dr Komali Yenneti, NIGLAS, China

Prof Yehua Dennis Wei, University of Utah, USA

Organizing Committee

Dr Yuan Feng, NIGLAS

Gaurav Joshi, NIGLAS

Cai Yuanyuan, NIGLAS

Yang Liuqing, NIGLAS

[1] Sponsored by NSFC, China; Supported by NIGLAS and in association with KRISH

Logo_-_BMU Giz

Green Economy has been recognized as ‘one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development’ in the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit. It was further emphasized that it should ‘contribute to eradicating poverty as well as sustained growth, enhancing social inclusion, improving human welfare and creating opportunities for employment and decent work for all, while maintaining the healthy functioning of the earth’s ecosystems’. Such transition towards a green and inclusive economy requires major efforts both on a national and international level, and cooperation and exchange of experiences is a key to support and facilitate the process.

India and Germany are major players in this transition. Enhancing the understanding of the complex cause-effect relationship among environment, development and economic issues, developing a joint perspective and spelling out possible areas of cooperation and mutual support can greatly benefit both countries in addressing the challenges. Against this backdrop, our director Komali Yenneti participated in an interdisciplinary Indo-German expert group meeting on inclusive and green economy held at the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, Berlin from November 25-26, 2013. The interdisciplinary working group comprises of renowned experts from leading institutions/political think tanks in India such as IITs, IIMs, TERI, etc and Germany such as GIZ, Wuppertal, Fraunhofer, DIE etc. This group aims to enhance mutual understanding and learning; and provide guidance for policy makers in both countries to support the transition towards a green and inclusive economy. The initiative is supported by BMU and GIZ and rooted in various activities in India and Germany. The interdisciplinary expert group will provide a forum for regular reflection and exchange between think tanks of both countries and contribute to a higher level of institutionalization of the Indo-German cooperation on the ‘Great Transformation’ in Green and Inclusive economy areas within the both countries, says, our director. A series of events including high level briefings, parliamentary evenings, dissemination of knowledge in media, business and civil society, summer schools for young researchers, exchange of PhD students between both countries, and publication of papers are planned for the next two years, also says, Komali.

Finalist at Young Innovator of the Year 2013, FallingWalls, Berlin

Our director Komali Yenneti today had yet again received another recognition for her research. She participated as a A.T.Kearney scholar and as a finalist of the ‘Young Innovator of the Year 2013’ in the Falling Walls Lab, Berlin on November 8th, 2013, one day before the Falling Walls conference where she had also participated. The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between young excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants present their research work, business model or initiative to an audience of industry experts, decision-makers and scientists – in 3 minutes each.

At the Lab Komali presented her research on ‘Breaking the Wall of Energy Transitions’. Her talk highlighted that the walls of social acceptance, public participation, equitable distribution of benefits and costs need to be brought down for successful energy transition to clean energy.

director_meet_QueenOur director meets The Queen, attends reception at Buckingham Palace

Our director Komali Yenneti had the most privilege today as she met the royal couple – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. In her role as a Commonwealth Youth Climate Network’s (CYCN) policy co-ordinator she was invited for a reception given by the royal couple for ‘Youth, Education and the Commonwealth’ at Buckingham Palace. The reception, in the palace’s White Drawing Room, was attended by 350 guests from academic institutions around the world.

At the event, apart from the royal couple, our director had the opportunity to meet the other members of the royal family including Princess Beatrice of York and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Fragmentation or Pluralism? The organisation of development cooperation revisited


International development cooperation is characterised by a diversification of goals, approaches and a proliferation of actor constellations. While these fundamental changes of the development cooperation landscape have been reflected in the aid- and development – effectiveness processes, the international development community – and especially aid-receiving countries – continues to struggle with their implications.

Critics have long argued that this proliferation of actors and approaches has led to a fragmented development cooperation landscape in many aid-dependent countries. This carries important unintended consequences in terms of higher transaction costs for those on both sides of relations; conflicting concepts and policies; efficiency losses; and neglected sectors and countries. Proponents point towards the potential of a diverse development landscape for mutual learning, innovation and competitive selection among the different providers for development assistance. Fragmentation also frequently goes hand in hand with donors’ needs for individual visibility coupled with an endeavour to retain full control over the aid-allocation process, which further perpetuates fragmentation. Managing such opportunities and risks is the challenge on the ground.

Our director Komali Yenneti attended a conference addressing these issues held at German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn from 10 – 11 October 2013. The purpose of the conference was to explore fragmentation and pluralism of development cooperation, both at the theoretical and practical levels. By bringing together a diverse group of presenters and participants from the academic and policy communities from both developing and developed countries, the conference  explored the issues of fragmentation and pluralism from a variety of perspectives, focusing in particular on concepts, measurements, the political economy of development co-operation causing the emergence and persistence of fragmentation, actor, modalities and instruments, and practical experiences in the attempt to overcome fragmentation and/or to manage diversity, says Yenneti.