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SEI, through its offices in  Asia, Europe,  Africa, and  Latin America, as well as our proposed country partners: the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) in Colombia, University of Cape Town/Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in South Africa,  and the  Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) in Indonesia, have been at the forefront of research and policy engagement in recent years on the themes of just transition, carbon lock-in, resource governance and productive diversification, including work on industrial transitions, green growth, and emerging bioeconomies.

This research and policy engagement aims to deepen understanding of barriers to a just transition in order to help change agendas and enhance capacities of civil society,  governments,  international donor agencies, and other boundary partners, to improve policy decisions, and to amplify lessons and impact by facilitating cross-regional collaboration.


  • Leverage innovative and participatory methods to identify the diverse factors shaping how just transitions are (or are not) being discussed, debated, proposed, and/or implemented in the three case countries, Colombia, South Africa, and Indonesia, to understand the meanings and visions of just transition held by diverse actors in each case, and to identify potential impact channels and impactful narratives/framings.
  • Identify common challenges and differences between each country context, including some in-depth technical research into key issues (e.g. around regional economic diversification, transitional assistance policy, and mining and energy systems planning) to accelerate just transition planning and action by diverse societal actors, and to inform international initiatives (e.g. international, bilateral and private donors) that support just transitions in these countries and other developing fossil-dependent countries.
  • Convene key actors and provide spaces for exchanging ideas and practices for implementing a just transition away from fossil fuel production, and to generate innovative communication tools and lessons for other fossil fuel-producing developing country regions that are vulnerable in the context of the energy transition.