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Day 1 – Friday June 24

8:00 AM Welcome and Conference Goals

Ashley Esarey, Director of Taiwan Studies at the University of Alberta


Keynotes/Framing Panels

8:30 AM The Promise and Challenge of Renewables in East Asia

Joanna Lewis, Georgetown University (remote)

9:00 AM Coffee Break

9:15 AM Framework Discussion

  • Steve Harrell, University of Washington (remote)
  • Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University
  • Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta
  • Joanna Lewis, Georgetown University (remote)

10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1:  Clean Energy Diplomacy (3)

  • Kathryn Chelminski, University of Toronto: The Rise of the Global South and Multipolarity in Clean Energy Governance (remote)
  • Christopher Dent, Edge Hill University: Trade, Technology and Renewable Energy: New Frontiers for East Asia
  • Cesare M. Scartozzi, University of Tokyo: The Evolution of South Korea's Climate Diplomacy: From Symbolism to Substance?

* Discussant: Professor Gordon Houlden, Director Emeritus of the China Institute

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch

2:00 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Hike

5:00 – 6:30 PM Panel 2: Domestic Politics of Green Energy (4)

  • Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University: City Diplomacy Promoting Renewable Energy in East Asia
  • Tsaiying Lu, Maastricht University: Taiwan's Offshore Wind Energy Development and Its Rivals? Exploring the Social Tensions of Energy Transition in Post-Fukushima Era
  • Pinar Temocin, Hiroshima University :Mapping Green Communities: New Data Resources for Measuring Grassroots Environmental Organizing in Japan
  • Peiwen Lu, National Changhua University of Education and Yang-Ting Shen, National Cheng Kung University: Short-term disturbances for long-term good: offshore wind power development in Taiwan and its spatial impact on coastal settlements

*Discussant: Professor Andrew DeWit, Rikkyo University (remote)

7:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner



Day 2 – Saturday June 25

8:30 – 10:00 AM Panel 3 – Energy Justice (2)

  • Jia-Ching Chen, UC Santa Barbara: The Sun also Sets: Energy Sovereignty and the Illiberal Politics of Energy Transition in East Asia and Beyond (remote)
  • Hua-Mei Chiu, National Sun Yat-sen University: Interweaving Energy Democracy and Energy Justice: The Civic Forces in Taiwan’s Energy Transition (remote)
  • Wen-Ling Tu, National Chengchi University: Enabling Energy Justice Dialogue through Innovative Participatory Mechanism in the Post-Nuclear Power Era (remote)

* Discussant: Professor Simona A. Grano, Director of Taiwan Studies Project at UZH (remote)

10:00 AM Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:45 PM Panel 4 - Renewable Energy Alternatives (4)

  • Robert Uriu, University of California, Irvine: Green Industrial Policy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Policy in Northeast Asia
  • Steve Harrell, University of Washington: Benefits and Costs of Hydroelectric Power in China (remote)
  • Victor Seow, Harvard University:What the History of Chinese Coal Might Tell Us About Its Present (remote)
  • Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta:Nuclear Energy after Fukushima in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

*Discussant: Professor Darrin Magee, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

11:45 – 12:15 PM Wrap Up Session - Next Steps

  • How can East Asia achieve a successful energy transition?
  • What solutions can be offered to existing challenges to the energy transition?
  • How can we create a publication that contributes to the East Asia energy transition field?

12:30 – 1:30PM Lunch

2:00 – 6:00 PM Afternoon Hike