Green Transformations

Accelerating sustainability is a priority theme of IDS. The undeniable search for more material prosperity by more and more people undermines the sustainability of human life on our planet. The newly established Green Transformations Cluster concentrates on this dilemma and the name seeks to bring this out. We define green transformations as processes of restructuring which bring the economy within the planetary boundaries.

China, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province - Workers assemble solar panels at the Suntech electronics factory. Suntech Power Holdings uses photovoltaic (PV) cell technology to convert sunlight into clean electricity. Credit: Panos / Qilai Shen

We prioritise two big changes:

  • From fossil fuel to renewable energy
  • From throw away to circular economy.

Our research on these transformations will concentrate on two questions:

  • Who drives these green transformations or holds them back? How do these drivers differ between levels of development, institutional systems and stages of policy process?
  • Do green transformations and social inclusion reinforce each other? Under what conditions? How can these conditions be influenced by policy?

Papers and blogs arising from these projects pay particular attention to the role of Transformative Alliances in accelerating sustainability. This Briefing Paper: From Sustainable Development to the Green Transformation shows how our work fits in the green conceptual landscape and how we see the way forward.

The work on Green Transformations is being carried out in conjunction with various Centres of IDS and the University of Sussex, notably the STEPS Centre, SPRU and the Centre for Global Political Economy. We also work in close collaboration with several centres in other countries which are named on the web pages of specific projects.

Key contact

Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915799

E: s.spratt@ids.ac.uk

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Team Members

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E: c.huggett@ids.ac.uk

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E: e.wilson@ids.ac.uk

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E: h.schmitz@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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E: i.scoones@ids.ac.uk

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E: j.gu@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915682

E: j.thompson@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

T: +44 (0)1273 915617

E: k.miller@ids.ac.uk

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IDS Honorary Associate Mike Morris

E: m.morris@associate.ids.ac.uk

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Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow with the Green Transformations research cluster at IDS

E: p.schroeder@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

E: s.maxwell@emeritus.ac.uk

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Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

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E: s.spratt@ids.ac.uk

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E: s.zhang@associate.ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915639

E: w.shen@ids.ac.uk

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Strengthening Evidence-based Policy - The Future of Resource/Waste Management in Big Cities of India

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. More details

Development and Management of NAMAs in India

The overall objective of the project is that the Government of India starts using Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) as one of the mechanisms for addressing climate change mitigation. More details

Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa

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

REDD+ and Forest Taxation in sub-Saharan Africa

This research project will map the channels through which REDD+ could impact upon different forest tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and develop proposals to increase the probability that these impacts will be positive. More details

Political Economy of Low Carbon Investment in China and India

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

Economy-wide Implications of Agricultural Sector Scenario Projections

The aim of this project is to link the world agricultural model IMPACT housed at IFRI with the global multi-region CGE model GLOBE in order to provide quantitative analyses of the wider implications of agricultural sector scenario projections generated by IMPACT for the rest of the economy, and to enable an assessment of the aggregate welfare effects associated with changes in the agricultural sector that include economy-wide linkage effects. More details

The Impacts of Alternative Energy Policies and Energy Price Shocks on Food and Water Security

The interactions between energy and food production are becoming more important as more developing countries have started to increase energy intensity in agriculture and as energy and food prices are increasingly correlated. This project will shed light on these topics across the developing world. More details

China's Emergence as a Global Recycling Hub

This work investigates how China's rise as a global recycling hub affects other countries' prospects for moving towards a circular economy. More details

Low Carbon Innovation Paths in China, India and Europe

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

Global Power Shift and Low Carbon Transformation

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. More details

Who Drives Climate Policies in the Rising Powers?

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. More details

Rent Management: the Heart of Green Industrial Policy

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. More details

Transformative Alliances

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. More details

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Can renewable energy help address poverty in China?

07 Nov 2016
By Sam Geall, Wei Shen

Africa's biggest recycling hub?

20 Nov 2015
By Hubert Schmitz

What can China teach India about dealing with waste?

17 Oct 2015
By Bharati Chaturvedi, Ashish Chaturvedi

Green NGOs in China and India: surprising developments

03 Jun 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi, Hubert Schmitz

Waste(d) laws in India

18 May 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi
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