Conference – Columbus, OH, USA – July 17th-19th, 2024


The Conference on Global Coal Transitions 

July 17-19, 2024 

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 

Hosted by The Global Coal Transitions Research Network  

in Collaboration with the IOP Science journal Environmental Research: Energy  and supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation 

Approaching Deadlines: 

January 1, 2024: Deadline for Organized Session proposals 

February 15, 2024: Deadline for Paper and Poster Presentation abstracts

(Click here to download this Call for Participation as a .pdf)    

Submit Organized Session Proposals, and Papers or Poster Abstracts at

Event Details 

July 17-18, 2024: Conference at the 4-H and Nationwide Conference Center on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio. 

 July 19, 2024: Participants are invited to take part in a one-day field trip to the eastern Ohio coal region organized by the Ohio Environmental Professionals Network. Field trip includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, and visits to Ohio coal transition sites and communities.  

 For updated conference details, to submit proposals or abstracts, or enroll in the network listserv, please scan the QR code or visit

Conference Aims and Scope 

 Reductions in coal production and consumption occurring unevenly around the world are driving a wide variety of social, economic, political, and environmental impacts. There is an urgent need to coordinate academic and policy work focused on coal transitions and foster mutual understanding and sharing of insights from diverse transition experiences.  

This in-person conference will assemble Keynotes, Plenaries, Organized Sessions, and Individual Paper Presentations from social science and humanities scholars, regulators, practitioners, and students from around the world whose work deals with the problem of coal transitions. We invite participation from sociologists, geographers, political scientists, economists, planners, anthropologists, practitioners, grants makers, regulatory officials, engineers, scholars of the arts and humanities, and other interested parties whose work addresses the processes and impacts of coal transitions on communities, regions, and economies. 

The Conference on Global Coal Transitions creates an opportunity to showcase the state of knowledge about: 

  • The social and economic costs and benefits of the transition away from coal in regions across the world;
  • Comparison of coal transition trajectories in US and international contexts; 
  • Innovative best practices for managing coal transition at scales from local to national, including strategies for economic development, revenue distribution, community planning, workforce retraining, and alternative forms of energy development; 
  • Ongoing consequences for international relations and security; 
  • Questions of equity and justice in energy development patterns and outcomes;  
  • The efficacy of existing regulatory and governance regimes; and, 
  • Social acceptance and risk perception of energy technologies 

Through facilitated interactive workshop activities, invited experts and symposium participants will produce a roadmap for future cross-disciplinary research priorities.  

Special Focus Issue: Conference presenters are encouraged to submit manuscripts to an open-access special focus issue on Global Coal Transitions in Environmental Research: Energy edited by Max D. Woodworth, Jeffrey B. Jacquet, and Emily Grubert.  Papers presented at the conference will receive priority consideration and a waiver of the journal’s open-access publication fees (full manuscript submission deadline: August 31, 2024). 

Registration: Registration portal will open March 2024. We anticipate travel awards for students and early career scholars, please check website or listserv to receive more details.   

Participation Formats

Organized Sessions: Organized sessions are moderated panels, collected paper presentations, or other organized activities arranged by the proposer(s) and expected to occupy a 90-minute period of time. Proposers must provide a 350-word abstract and names and contact information for participants in the organized session.  

Possible thematic tracks might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Site Retirement and Closure Planning 
  • Coal and International Relations 
  • Workforce and Socio-demographics 
  • Transition Policy and Regulation  
  • Community and Regional Development 
  • Coal Industry Dynamics 
  • Coal Transitions Research Methods 
  • Coal and Energy Humanities 
  • Environmental and Energy Justice 

Participants are encouraged to propose tracks when submitting. 

Oral Paper Presentation: 15-minute oral presentations of original research, study assessment, case study, best practice, or policy implementation pertaining to the societal transition away from coal. 

Poster Presentation: Research posters that provide an overview of original research, study assessment, case study, or policy implementation pertaining to the societal transition away from coal. 

Submit Organized Session Proposals, and Papers or Poster Abstracts at


Special opportunities and travel awards are planned for Early Career Scholars and Community Practitioners. Participants are also encouraged to apply for travel and registration support as Global Coal Transitions Conference Fellow™ (details to be announced).  

Address all inquiries to Max D. Woodworth ( and Jeffrey B. Jacquet ( 

 For updated conference details, to submit proposals or abstracts, or enroll in the network listserv, please visit or scan the QR code. 






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