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Leonid Gokhberg

Special Issue ‘The future of energy’. Call for papers.

Guest Editors

Prof. Jürgen-Fr. Hake
Head, Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-STE)
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Dr. Liliana N. Proskuryakova
Director, National Contact Centre for International Academic Mobility
Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) 
National Research University Higher School Economics (HSE), Russia


Global energy markets are constantly on the move. Over the centuries, we have seen various energy sources dominating the world economy, which have led to the paradigm shifts in the industrial and societal development.
The choice of energy resources and energy technologies that dominate in a country is very much dependent on the government policy and support. 
The future of energy is portrayed differently in national foresight studies and strategies and prominent research streams [1, 2, 3]. While some predict the wide deployment of renewables [4], others foresee the establishment of the hydrogen economy [5], and put stakes on nuclear fusion [6]. No matter what resources will dominate the energy balance, future energy systems will need to be more secure, sustainable and resilient. 
“Foresight and STI Governance” is pleased to announce this Special Issue ‘The Future of Energy” interested in research on prospective energy technologies, future energy markets assessments, analysis of the advanced energy systems. The submitted papers should held increase our understanding of the features and characteristics of the future energy industry.

Suggested topics

Suggested contributions to the “Foresight and STI Governance” Special Issue on ‘The Future of Energy” include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Defining the new energy industry segments that will appear in the future
  • Strategies and approaches to integrate environmental and climate concerns in the design of energy systems
  • The role of new energy technologies in transforming the existing energy markets
  • New models of the future energy markets
  • The role of various financing instruments to support new energy R&D and technology development
  • The role of energy policy and government support for shaping the future of energy
  • The impact of cross-industry horizontal technologies, such as IT, on the transformation of energy systems

Submission Procedure

The special issue is intended for publication in the fall of 2018. Papers to be considered for this special issue should be submitted by email to foresight-journal@hse.ru
Any questions on the submission and the special issues may also be directed to foresight-journal@hse.ru

The editors of the special issue are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers, and can be contacted directly: Liliana Proskuryakova – lproskuryakova@hse.ru

[1] OECD/IEA (2015b), Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 – Mobilizing Innovation to Accelerate Climate Action.
[2] BP (2015) Technology Outlook . Technology choices for a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future.
[3] Georghiou, L., Keenan, M. (2006) Evaluation of national foresight activities: Assessing rationale, process and impact. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 73 (7), pp.761-777.
[4] IRENA (2016), Renewable energy benefits: measuring the economics, available at: http://www.irena.org/DocumentDownloads/Publications/IRENA_Measuring-the-Economics_2016.pdf
[5] The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think. EnergyPost, August 16, 2016, available at: http://energypost.eu/hydrogen-economy-much-nearer-think/
[6] The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion. Forbes, April 12, 2017. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/04/12/the-future-of-energy-isnt-fossil-fuels-or-renewables-its-nuclear-fusion/#4f8554f03bee
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