C2 – Just Energy Transitions in Caribbean SIDS

The workshop will take the form of a Conversation on The geopolitics of energy transitions in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  The workshop brings together a multidisciplinary panel of academics and practitioners with expertise and interest in SIDS, international relations, vulnerable communities and environmental governance and on the energy transition challenges and consequences for Caribbean SIDS.  The panelists will produce a pre-workshop policy brief that will be discussed at the workshop and that will be helpful for policy makers, diplomats and academics with an interest in the environmental, justice and ethical dimensions around planetary security and energy governance in the Caribbean.  The workshop will begin with a roundtable discussion among panelist but quickly involve all participants in smaller workgroups that will then report back to a general session. The doable solutions that come to the fore from the discussions will be highlighted, documented and analyzed in post-workshop outputs. The workshop will be the beginning of a longer collaboration between academics and practitioners interested in research and policy on just energy transitions in Caribbean SIDS, that will produce academic and policy pieces that can contribute to doable solutions.

The topics of the panels are as follows:

1.       The present geopolitical context of the Caribbean region and links with planetary security

2.       The climate-development-energy nexus in the Caribbean context

3.       Social and environmental justice and energy transitions within the Caribbean region

4.       What role for multilateral institutions in post-carbon transitions for SIDS?

5.       Getting there: policy discussions on specific renewable energy sources

Objectives (outline main objectives):

  • Objective #1 – Build multidisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners on the area of planetary security and energy governance in the Caribbean
     
  • Objective #2 – Produce pre and post workshop policy briefs that will be helpful for policy makers, diplomats and academics on the environmental, justice and ethical dimensions around planetary security and energy governance in the Caribbean
     
  • Objective #3  - Develop a research agenda for the network
     
  • Objective #4  - Discuss how the network can best be engaged in future policy and scholarly work with other networks
     
  • Objective #5 – academic output- edited book or special issue of a journal, with workshop participants

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