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SDEWES2023: The puzzle of a sustainable energy transformation: a wide field of actors, sectors and strategies

Published in Energy, Sustainability and Society, this Special Issue extends across various facets of energy topics in the field of sustainability, encompassing politics, society, industry, technology and the building sector. The selection of studies highlights that e.g. feminist concerns of energy research stand alongside questions of industrial transformation on a horizontal plane, indicating their equal significance. On a vertical axis, it explores the roles of neighbourhoods, research institutions, municipalities, nations, and supranational regions. In doing so, it illustrates that the path to a sustainable energy transformation resembles a three-dimensional puzzle, incorporating a diversity of actors, life domains, and strategies, all underpinned by the courage to bring about change. The authorship of this Special Issue also mirrors this significant diversity by being gender-inclusive and featuring contributions from indigenous and young authors.

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Energy, Sustainability and Society. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Energy, Sustainability and Society submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series 'SDEWES2023: The puzzle of a sustainable energy transformation: a wide field of actors, sectors and strategies'. 

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.

Lead Guest Editors: 

Nora Mittelstädt, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ, Germany

Prof. Daniela Thrän, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ, Germany

Prof. Goran Krajacic, University of Zagreb, Croatia


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