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Hubert Schmitz - Emeritus Fellow

Green Transformations


Charlotte Huggett

Professor Hubert Schmitz is a development economist with 30 years of experience in research, teaching and advisory work. His areas of specialisation are sustainable industrialisation, the politics of investment and growth, and the green transformation.

He is Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies and adviser to bilateral and multilateral development agencies on industrial policy, cooperation of public and private sectors, and interventions for strengthening competitiveness and job creation. He has published widely in development journals and is known for succinct synthesis of policy research. He has a long track record in managing international research teams and integrating competences across disciplines. His current research concentrates on the intersection of the global power shift and the low carbon transformation.

The project explores how transformational thinking on resource management could lead to multiple scenarios in the context of emerging economies with a specific focus on India.

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This project is looking into the heart of the electricity supply crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

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This project investigates whether and how coalitions of public, private and civic actors influence low carbon investment.

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Mitigating climate change requires technological innovation. This project analyses the innovation paths pursued in Europe and Asia.

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This project examines a key assumption which underlies one of the main approaches to poverty reduction currently advocated and practised by many international development agencies.

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The question driving this project was how was the 'organisational decomposition of the innovation process' (ODIP) changing the global distribution of innovation activities.

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While the debate on industrial clusters and local innovation systems was mainly concerned with local linkages, this work examined global linkages and how they affected local relationships.

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Our work looks at the role of public-private-civic alliances as drivers of the green transformation, in particular at the role of business in such alignments.

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Two transformations are likely to dominate the first half of the twenty-first century. One is the shift in economic power from the West (North America and Western Europe) to the East (China and the East Asian production system). The second is the transition from a high to low carbon economy.

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This project is concerned with the political economy analysis of climate change policies. The central question of the project is who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies.

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At the heart of green industrial policy is rent management: government creating and withdrawing opportunities for highly profitable investment. This project asks what the key factors are for rent management to succeed.

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Who Drives Climate-relevant Policies in the Rising Powers?

IDS Evidence Report 180 (2016)

The future of human life on our planet is influenced increasingly by what goes on in the rising powers. This report presents a political economy analysis of their policies, comparing China, India, Brazil and South Africa. More details


Accelerating Sustainability: Why Political Economy Matters

IDS Evidence Report 152 (2015)

Accelerating sustainability is a challenge that defines our era and is a central theme of Institute of Development Studies research. This paper brings together what we can learn from development studies and from sustainability studies to understand this challenge and move forward. More details

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Rent Management - The Heart of Green Industrial Policy

New Political Economy (2015)

At the heart of green industrial policy is rent management: government creating and withdrawing opportunities for profitable investment.This paper asks what the key factors are for rent management to succeed. More details

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How Does China's Rise Affect the Green Transformation?

Int. J. Technology and Globalisation 8.1 (2015)

The rising powers have become the default movers and shakers in the global economy, including the green economy. This article shows how China has become more powerful in renewable energy and examines the implications for the green transformation. More details

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Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa: Literature Review and Scoping Study

IDS Working Paper 455 (2015)

This paper reviews the literature for a project which seeks to develop a new Green Growth Diagnostics methodology and apply it to countries in Africa. More details

Africa's biggest recycling hub?

20 Nov 2015
By Hubert Schmitz

Green NGOs in China and India: surprising developments

03 Jun 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi, Hubert Schmitz

Stopping the Race to the Bottom

01 Aug 2012
By Hubert Schmitz

Is China innovating in renewables?

08 May 2012
By Hubert Schmitz

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