PhD Day

The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 9:00am to 1:45pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers. This year's event follows the success of the inaugural PhD Day in Houston last year.

The Day provides an extended format, allowing for a more in-depth discussion of each paper, which is good for both authors and audiences. Each paper presented will be reviewed closely by another student, who will act as a discussant. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • present their paper to a student audience and practice presentation skills;
  • hear specific feedback on their paper from a dedicated discussant;
  • read someone else's paper and offer constructive criticism (as a referee would do for a journal); and
  • meet students with similar interests and engage in productive discussions.

Event Details

From the papers submitted for the PhD Day, a number of outstanding papers will be selected to be presented, and a discussant will be assigned to each paper. The discussants will be chosen from among those students who submit papers for the PhD Day. In contrast to last year's event, the discussants may or may not be presenting their own paper during the PhD Day. This is to ensure that a variety of topics can be covered during the day, while still assigning discussants with expertise in the relevant area.

The discussants will be expected to review their assigned paper in detail and discuss it in a constructive and helpful manner. This could include pointing the author to alternative literature that they may not have considered, suggestions for alternative approaches to the problem they have addressed, and suggestions for data sources, or alternative data sources, that may be relevant to the research. Guidelines for discussants will be sent closer to the date.

Authors will be given 25 minutes to present their paper. The designated discussant will then be given 15 minutes to comment on the paper. There will also be time for questions and comments from the floor.

Presenters and discussants at the PhD Day will need to be at the conference venue ready to start the session at 9:00 am Sunday.

We invite students not presenting to attend and participate from the floor. A deli lunch will be served for all PhD Day participants.

There is no separate registration fee - this event is included as part of your conference registration.


To make a submission, please email your full paper to by May 31 2018. Since each paper will be discussed at some length, we will only have time to cover up to 8 papers. Presenters and discussants will be informed by June 18. Papers will be sent to discussants on the same day, to allow them sufficient time to prepare their discussion presentation.

Important Dates



May 31

Submission Deadline -
email your complete paper to

June 15

Presenters and discussants informed of their selection.
Discussants receive the paper that they are to review.

September 23

PhD Day 9:00am to 1:45pm