Sunday 08 January 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday 12 January 2017 - 18:00

The University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield and CINVESTAV Unidad Mérida invite you to the workshop “Decarbonising the Yucatan region of Mexico: Challenges, strategies and partnerships”

Mexico is energetically independent, but more than 80% of its energy supply is derived from fossil fuels. A new law on energy transitions seeks to accelerate the transition to clean energy technologies. But open questions remain: which business models will be most promising in stimulating energy transitions? What are the social consequences? To what extent can behaviour reduce demand and fuel poverty be alleviated? With regards to the Yucatan Peninsula an additional challenge relates to the increased diffusion of clean and renewable energy technologies without impacting on fragile ecosystems and tourism.

Newton Fund Researcher links – British Council –CONACYT bring together a UK/Mexico bilateral cohort of early career researchers to take part in the workshop that will take place in Merida Yucatan from 8-12 January 2017.



• To introduce the natural, social and energy context of the associated challenges being faced in the Yucatan Peninsula.

• To explore and develop strategies for the decarbonisation of the Yucatan Peninsula, considering energy demand and supply; social, economic and technical perspectives.

• To develop UK-Mexico collaborative research partnerships to pursue promising strategies to address Yucatan’s challenges. 


Participant profiles:

We are particularly keen to attract participants, around 30 in total (15 from the UK, 15 from Mexico) from a range of disciplinary perspectives; including public, private and third sectors.

Participants should be at an early to middle stage in their career (having completed a PhD or equivalent within the past ten years). 



Send a brief application by e-mail to, no later than Friday 18 November 2016 containing the following:

• Your name, qualifications, position and affiliation.

• A brief outline of your motivation for participation.

• A title and abstract for a brief introductory talk of relevance to Yucatan’s socially responsible decarbonisation agenda.



The workshop will be organised and hosted by CINVESTAV Unidad Mérida, who will also provide catering throughout.

Travel costs will be reimbursed through the University of Nottingham.

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