Energy Transitions in Central and Eastern Europe

Central and East European nations, heavily dependent on coal, have been very cautious about transition to carbon neutrality. Coal is becoming phased-out, but renewables still need more infrastructure for integration and support. Energy transitions therefore translate into complex political and economic disruptions which often overshadow parallel social changes.

This event aims to identify and address social aspects of the transition to the carbon-free world. Bringing in participants from different areas of expertise the event will be an opportunity for knowledge sharing that can inform efforts to agree coordinated energy transition, at the same recognising its impact on modes of life and human relationships.


The Speakers:

Lubomila Jordanova, CEO & founder of Plan A, a Berlin-based start-up that helps businesses calculate, monitor, reduce and report on their carbon footprint

Katarzyna Iwinska, a sociologist from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw whose research focuses on gender and environmental issues in post-coal cities in South Poland

Jakub Wiech from Energetyka24, a Polish journalist who writes about energy, bioenergy, climate, fossil fuels and nuclear phase-out, renewables

Dr. Michael LaBelle, associate professor and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies at Central European University. His research is centered on energy governance, innovation strategies, and energy justice.



  • Introduction
  • Guest Presentations (Michael LaBelle, Jakub Wiech, Lubomila Jordanova, Katarzyna Iwinska)
  • Conclusion


About the organiser: Magdalena Dąbkowska is an upcoming PhD student at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on coal, decarbonisation and sustainability in Poland.