EU energy and climate policy following covid-19 and Russian invasion to Ukraine

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, European History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Political History / Studies, Political Science

Call for chapters for an edited volume

Editors:          Matúš Mišík and Andrea Figulová (Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia)

In 2019 member states agreed on an ambitious goal to decarbonise European Union’s economy by 2050. In order to achieve this goal they supported European Commission’s proposal for European Green Deal. However, already several months later the Covid-19 pandemic started and the climate and energy policy at the centre of the Deal was side-tracked to give way to post-pandemic recovery discussion. Member states shortly realised that decarbonisation and recovery goals are mutually interconnected and therefore decided to link these goals within the recovery package. A similar situation has repeated in 2022 after Russian invasion to Ukraine. Member state’s preference for energy security was shortly intertwined at the EU level with energy transition, at least when it comes to mid- and long-term solution to the energy crisis. So, while the source of EU’s crises since 2020 were different, the solutions seem to be similar – decarbonisation of the economy and to it linked energy transition towards renewable sources of energy.

In order to examine these issues we are putting together an edited volume proposal. The main aim of the proposed volume is to explore the development of the EU post-pandemic recovery in light of the Russian invasion to Ukraine that, together with specific situation on the post-pandemic energy markets and Russian natural gas supplies interruptions to the EU, created a perfect storm of energy problems that resulted in an economic crisis unseen for decades challenging as well as supporting many elements of the European Green Deal.

The volume aims to analyse the EU’s response to the current energy crisis in its complexity and therefore targets a wide spectrum of possible contributions. We are interested in chapters on overall development at the EU level, in different regions, looking into climate and energy policy separately or as interconnected, etc. Other topics are also welcomed and we encourage interested authors to contact us with topic proposals. We will prefer chapters with broader, comparative scopes, rather than narrowly focused single case studies.

Please, send the abstracts of up to 150 words, 5 keywords, and 150-word bio to and by 15 October 2022. Authors will be notified of the selection outcome no later than 25 October 2022. The final chapters, written in English, should be 7000–8000 words long (including references) and the deadline for them is 30 May 2023. All selected papers will be invited for a workshop (max. 2 authors per paper) that will be held in March/April 2023 at Comenius University in Bratislava. The organizers will cover accommodation (max. 2 nights) and board, invited participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. All inquiries should be directed to both editors.

We are in discussion with Routledge’s editor who has expressed an initial interest in our special issue but please know kindly that there is no guarantee of acceptance.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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