Energy, Commodities and Geopolitics: Modeling Issues

Energy, Commodities and Geopolitics: Modeling Issues. International Symposium on Energy and Finance Issues (ISEFI-2015), Paris, 20 March 2015,   jointly organized by the IPAG Center for Energy Economics (IPAG Business School) and the Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (Paris Dauphine University)


The energy landscape has recently changed. Many European countries release new rules for the energy transition towards a less carbon-intensive production mix, while environmental markets are being reformed. Energy consumption in Asia is forecasted to have a rapid growth, thus attracting commercial transactions and investment waves. The United States exploits unconventional gas and oil to overcome their supply dependency, which instead is still at stake in Europe. In terms of energy supply security, the Ukrainian crisis has shown that energy efficiency and increased deployment of renewables have been so far insufficient to eliminate Europe’s reliance on Russian gas supply. These phenomena altogether contribute to making more volatile energy prices, with sudden jumps in their levels. The debate about the financialization of energy commodities revamps both in the United States and in Europe. In countries where markets are not developed yet, like Africa, energy, water and raw materials remain at the hearth of several conflicts. The emergence of these new aspects in energy markets requires new and more complex modeling approaches.

Important dates

  • February 7, 2015: Submission deadline (full papers)
  • February 15, 2015: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • March 5, 2015: Registration deadline
  • March 20, 2015: Symposium event

 Publication opportunities

A selection of high-quality papers submitted to the ISEFI-2015 Symposium will be published in a Special Issue of Energy Economics under the Guest-Editorship of Anna Creti, Marc Joëts, Lutz Kilian, and Matteo Manera. All papers must conform to the journal’s content scope and will be processed through the journal’s standard editorial review procedures. The theme of this Special Issue is “Energy, Commodities and Geopolitics: Modeling Issues”.

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