Call for Papers on the Energy Market, Energy Pricing, and Low-Carbon Transition

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09 May, 2023


Tokyo, Japan


The energy market and energy pricing are critical to realizing accessible and sustainable energy for all by 2030, as called for by Sustainable Development Goal 7, and promoting net zero carbon emissions to fight climate change. Appropriate market policies can help alleviate barriers to improved renewable energy growth and energy efficiency and encourage private investment for projects needed to achieve energy sustainability targets. Market design and pricing reform can also boost crucial cross-sector energy synergy and international energy cooperation. 

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking original, unpublished papers on the energy market and energy pricing toward low-carbon energy transition, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. Any energy-intensive sector may be covered, such as electricity, heating, transportation, buildings, and industry, as well as either renewable or non-renewable energy. Selected papers will be featured during related ADBI events and considered for inclusion in an ADBI-edited book or journal special issue.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Energy Market

  • Institutions and organizations 
  • Regulation, deregulation, and liberalization
  • Enabling policies
  • Market reform and integration
  • Synergies between national, regional, and local energy regulation
  • Standards and business models
  • Community-level micro-energy markets

Energy Pricing

  • Economics and principles
  • Removing fossil fuel subsidies
  • Pricing innovation for cross-border trade and regional energy cooperation
  • Energy pricing design and energy poverty, including vulnerable groups
  • Energy price forecasting
  • Environmentally responsible energy pricing
  • Land use policy impacts on renewable pricing

Case Studies

  • Impact analysis of large-scale shocks and extreme events, e.g., Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Impact analysis of emerging technologies and business models, e.g., digital economy, blockchain, and peer-to-peer trading
  • Impact analysis of urban renovation and compact cities on the energy market and energy pricing

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit a draft paper in English of around 3,000-5,000 words (including a 150-300-word abstract) via this link by 9 May 2023.

Please include a description of the paper’s research background, methodology and data, results, conclusions, and evidence-based policy recommendations, as well as the name, affiliation, position, and email of each author. The corresponding author should be clearly marked. The abstract should briefly state the research purpose, methods and data, principal results, and primary conclusion.

All papers must contain only original or review work which has not been published, nor is currently under review, by any other journal, conference, or other outlets, including working paper series. Papers should adhere to the ADBI Guidelines for Authors.

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 30 May 2023.

Submissions from authors who are citizens of ADB member economies are encouraged.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of accepted full papers will be invited to present their work during a related virtual workshop, the date for which will be announced later.

Details about the edited book or journal special issue that may include selected full papers will also be announced at a later date.

Project Organizing Committee (alphabetical order)

  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Haoran Zhang, University of Tokyo
  • Jinyue Yan, Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Pengjun Zhao, Peking University


Inquiries may be directed to ADBI’s Dina Azhgaliyeva




Authors should submit a draft paper in English of around 3,000-5,000 words (including a 150-300-word abstract) via this link by 9 May 2023.