ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT: MISSION STATEMENT

Energy & Environment (E&E) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal aimed at natural scientists, technologists, social scientists and policy-makers. It debates issues arising from aspirations of ‘integrated’ policy-making and academic analysis and serves as a forum for constructive and professional debate and the search for solutions in a policy area that remains a focus of politics at all levels and involves major regulatory and investment efforts. Social scientists and policy makers, natural scientists as well as technologists are addressed, indeed everybody concerned with the direct and indirect environmental impacts of energy acquisition, transport, production and use. Our objective is to inform across professional and disciplinary boundaries and debate the social, economic, political and technological implications of environmental controls, as well as interrogate the science claims made to justify environmental regulations of the energy industries, including transport. Contributors are asked to use language that bridges disciplinary divides. Regular issues include submitted and invited papers that are rigorously peer reviewed, as well as shorter personal viewpoints and technical communications that are not peer reviewed and often give controversial voices a platform.

E&E appears eight times a year, including one or two Special Issues that are devoted to a single subject, or select papers from a single conference or institution. For example, E&E has long published a selection of papers from the triennial World Energy Congress. Such issues are prepared by a Guest Editor who is responsible for the selection of the papers, proof reading and an introductory editorial. A recent current Special Issue selected critical responses to recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and their implications for energy policy, another dealt with nuclear waste disposal issues from a social science perspective. Special issues in preparation include a selection of papers on solar theories of global climate change, fuel poverty and, hopefully, biofuels.

Book reviews, conference reports, and letters are usually included, as is the editor’s regular piece 'Fuel for Thought' which aims to keep readers informed about developments in key issue areas impinging on energy policy: energy policy, new energy technologies, the climate change science debate and intergovernmental battles over access to resources and emission reductions. Nuclear developments are summarised with the help of World Nuclear News, from World Nuclear Association, London.

E&E seeks to encourage communications between the many branches of the policy-making and research worlds that deal with 'energy' and 'environment' issues and encourage excursions into theory and futuristic speculation. E&E has consistently striven to publish many ‘voices’ and to challenge conventional wisdoms. Perhaps more so than other European energy journal, the editor has made E&E a forum for more sceptical analyses of ‘climate change’ and the advocated solutions. We look for contributions that make energy technology a contributor to improving social and environmental conditions where this is most needed.

 

Some Journal History and Information about the Editorial Board:

E&E has been published by Multi-Science (UK) since 1989. Its founding editor was Dr David Everest, formerly chief scientist to the then UK Department of the Environment. After his death in 1998, Dr Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen took over the editorship. She had previously worked with the Energy Group at the Science and Technology Policy Unit at the University of Sussex with the (late) Professor John Surrey, and Dr. Stephen Thomas, now professor at Greenwich University.

The journal benefits from an able and active Editorial Board that is continuously ‘revitalised’ and remains invaluable through its assistance in the time consuming peer review process. Several former members of the Energy and Environment Groups at SPRU remain involved, as do members from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and several American, Australian, Dutch and British universities. Max Beran and Jack Barrett, long involved with environmental science research in the UK strengthen our expertise in the natural sciences as they relate to environmental protection and especially climate change.

We have recently enlarged the editorial board by inviting experts from the carbon fuels industries lest these all-important providers of energy are neglected in the current enthusiasm for ‘renewables’. We have links with many academic departments and encourage contributions from authors working in ‘developing’ countries doing research into energy-environment issues that relate to poverty reduction and development. The editorial team, strongly encouraged by the publisher Multi-Science, is working hard to advance the status of the journal in the research community. The editor remains closely involved with several global fora critically debating the science and policy related to the claim that ‘dangerous anthropogenic warming’ requires rapid, government-driven decarbonisation world-wide. On the basis of these connections and wide reading, she reports regularly on events, new scientific findings and policy developments.

To access the free online specimen copy, see <http://multi-science.metapress.com/content/121493/> and see also all contents pages and abstracts for a complete picture of what the journal is about. Editorial information is at www.multi-science.co.uk.

Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, Editor, sonja.b-c@hull.ac.uk

Editorial assistant: Dr. Louise Purcell, Editorial Assistant, Louise Purcell<Lpurceande@aol.com

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