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April to June 2021




A very warm welcome to the June EEIST Project newsletter!  Did you know EEIST is now also on LinkedIn? Follow our page for the latest project updates and publications here.

Sascha Brandt from Climate Strategies is working with us and providing additional and valuable input to EEIST's communication activities such as on Twitter.  Please contact Jacqui if you would like any news, event or publications included in our September edition.                                 



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Two Key Deliverables Submitted from the International Engagement Team


The international engagement team prepared and submitted firstly the M1.1: "Stakeholder Progress Report: An Overview of EEIST Stakeholder Engagement Project Year 1 (2020/21)" and secondly M1.3: "International Engagement: Pathways to Impact.  Analysis of Sensitive Intervention Points for Phase 2 Engagement."  These reports, taken together, describe the substantial engagement efforts deployed during the first year of the project, despite many complications including COVID-19, and provide a clear strategic roadmap for engagement in year 2 of the Project. 


Translations Available of ROA Paper


EEIST's 'Risk-Opportunity Analysis for transformative policy and design and appraisal' paper is now available in Chinese (Mandarin) and Brazilian Portuguese.

Here are the links for the Chinese version, and the Brazilian version

Communities of Practice Update


Brazil: The SSSA Team has completed the development of an agent-based model for the analysis of transitions to sustainable and low-carbon agriculture that will be applied to the Brazil case study.  A paper collecting the main theoretical insights and high-level policy recommendations entitled, "Is green the new black? An ABM approach on transitions towards sustainable agriculture", has been submitted to the EAERE Annual Conference with a special session on "Tipping Points and Path-dependencies in Human-Earth Systems in Transition" organised in cooperation with the Climate Action Network.


China: On May 10th Prof Zhu participated in the bilateral meeting "Building EU-China Relations for the 21st Century" organised by Shanghai Academy of Global Governance & Area Studies and the Portuguese Consulate in Shanghai, delivering a speech entitled "EU-China Climate Cooperation Opportunities in 14th FYP" in which the EEIST project was highlighted. 

The next CPr Meeting is on 22nd July.  If you would like to attend please contact here with your details.

The Cambridge team is currently preparing interviews with policymakers in China, facilitated by ERI.


India has been hit by a severe wave of Coronavirus recently.  However for Stage 1 work has continued by government on work that is relevant to our consortium, so although there have been delays, there are concrete intervention points.  We will be contributing directly to the governement think tank Niti Aayog's energy modelling forum, with members of the team presenting on Cambridge Econometrics' E3ME model and its applications to the renewable transition.  We also continue to engage with government advisors and FCDO posts directly on this question, and in relation to renewable energy and the sustainable transport transition. 

For stage 2, the UCL team are finalising Milestone 2.2, on the theoretical framework for a complexity based policy appraisal framework, drawing heavily on the Exeter-led work on ROA Frameworks.  Their main ongoing focus is developing the C1 deliverable, due to be published at the end of September in advance of COP26, and engaging the wider consortium in its development, including feedback from the CPrs where possible, (particularly on the selection and focus of the case studies that will be used to illustrate applcation of the ROA Framework).  The next CPr meeting is on 27th July.


EUWithin the EU Communities of Practice over 20 interviews have now been completed and the analysis of the interview transcripts is underway.  Three initial papers will be drafted before COP26.  The abstract of two of the papers have been submitted to the 2021 EU Conference on modelling for policy support: collaborating across disciplines to tackle key policy challenges organised by The European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) taking place during the week of 22-26 November 2021, and the 'Energy and Climate Transformations: 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science' in Manchester during 4-7 April 2022. 


UK: Following the success of the CPr event in March, the project is scoping our the next steps.  There have been some engaging discussions with policymakers based at HMT (Her Majesty's Treasury) and DfT (Department for Transport).  With HMT there have been discussions on the possibilities of input into the Green Book and with DfT around electric vehicles. 




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Project Deliverables


The consortium is pleased to have delivered its first project milestone to BEIS. This report entitled, 'Effective policy analysis for transitional change: Assessing risks and opportunities of a low carbon transition' and presents 'The emerging Risk Opportunity Analysis, an extension of cost-benefit analysis for use in situation where policy is attempting to create irreversible transformational change or acting on domains undergoing transformational change.'  This report will soon be available for wider distrubution.  

The EEIST International Advisory Board


The International Advisory Board, chaired by Oxford's Prof Eric Beinhocker held their first annual meeting in May.  It was a great opportunity for the most senior and influential members of the consortium to meet and discuss key issues.  It was also a chance for the team to benefit from the board's broad depth of influence and experience.  The team were also able to update the board on the project's progress.

New Staff


Dr Sergey Kolesnikov

Sergey has joined the University of Cambridge team to work with Laura Diaz Anadon and Cristina Penasco to work on Stage 3.  Sergey is a Research Associate at the Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance,    (C-EENRG). You can find a link to his profile here.

Cormac Lynch

Cormac Lynch has recently joined the team at the University of Exeter.  He will be helping with the day to day running of the project.  Cormac is a PhD researcher at the Global Systems Institute at the University.  His research focuses on stranded capital and technological transitions.  



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Discussion at Exeter's GSI policy reading Group led by Hector Pollitt from Cambridge Econometrics

On 8th June Hector led a discussion on 'The contribution of post-Keynesian economics to climate policy and meeting global decarbonisation targets' at the University of Exeter as part of the GSI policy reading group.  You can read more about this here.  



Decarbonising European industry and steel in the global context on 8th July 2021 at 9:00am to 11:30am (UK-BST)

Prof Michael Grubb from UCL will be chairing this event.  To register and for the full agenda please follow this link


Please see here for more events from the University of Exeter's Global Systems Institute (Exeter GSI)

EEIST team looks back at successful ClimateExp0


From 17th to 23rd May several members of the EEIST team took part in ClimateExp0.  The event showcased the lastest international research in the the run-up to COP26 around five key themes.  Dr Cristina Penasco and Dr Sergey Kolesnikov, (University of Cambridge), kicked off the week with sessions on green recovery.  Prof Cameron Hepburn, (University of Oxford), and Prof Laura Díaz Anadón, (University of Cambridge), chaired sessions on the clean energy transition while Dr Matthew Ives (University of Oxford) gave a presentation on decarbonising the global energy system, (watch this explainer video).  Prof Aled Jones, (Anglia Ruskin University), helped prepare the final day of the conference focussing on finance and regulation. 


Papers and Publications

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EEIST's 'Risk-Opportunity Analysis for transformative policy design and appraisal' paper is now available in Chinese (Mandarin) and Brazilian Portuguese.

You can find the Brazilian version here.

The Chinese version is available here.

The following papers have been recently published by the University of Cambridge team


'Quantifying the Impact of performance improvements and cost reductions from 20 years of light emitting diode manufacturing' in SPIE by Michael Weinold, Sergey Kolesnikov and Laura Díaz Anadón. 

'Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments' in Nature Climate Change by Cristina Penasco, Laura Díaz Anadón and Elena Verdolini.

'How has external knowledge contributed to lithium-ion batteries for the energy transition?' in iScience by Annegret Stephan, Laura Díaz Anadón and Volker Hoffmann

'The Short term costs of local content requirements in the Indian solar auctions' in Nature Energy by Benedict Probst, Vasilios Anatolitis, Andreas Kontoleon and Laura Díaz Anadón

'Effect of technology complexity on the emergence and evolution of wind industry manufacturing locations along global value chains' in Nature Energy by Kavita Surana, Claudia Doblinger, Laura Díaz Anadón and Nathan Hultman

Planetary Economics awarded the Marcel Boiteux Prize


Planetary Economics was awarded the Marcel Boiteux Prize from the International Association for Energy Economics.  This was awarded to an individual who has written an outstanding book contributing to the field of energy economics and its literature.  This is an important development for the field of innovation because the book proposes a synergistic framework for the work of EEIST's consortium. By applying its three domains framework policymakers could choose more appropriate tools to the question they seek to answer, using market methods for the second domain but needing more complex and complete modelling methods for the third.  This feeds directly into discussions about when to use different models, how to use each model, and how to interpret the findings. 

Find the paper here. 

For more of the EEIST team's outputs, please  refer to our website page on outputs. 

Publication of 'A New Perspective on Decarbonising the Global Energy System'

Matthew Ives et al from the University of Oxford have published the above paper on technological change here.  


Next issue

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Our newsletter will be published quarterly: please send news and events to Jacqui Richards: by 20th September at the latest.  Next Newsletter will be published on 29th September