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.
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.
CDC Longitudinal Development Impact Study
The CDC Group plc is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the UK government. Its mission is to support the growth of businesses and infrastructure development throughout Africa and South Asia in order to create jobs and make a difference to people’s lives in some of the poorest areas of the world. More details
Requirements for a Sustainable Bioeconomy in the Context of SDG Implementation
A sustainable bioeconomy can potentially do its part to replace the era of fossil resources and supply a growing world population. The transformation to such a sustainable bioeconomy is characterized by economic, ecological and social opportunities, but also by risks. These potentials and challenges of the sustainable bioeconomy are specified by this project for the German Environment Agency (UBA). More details
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
Impact Evaluation of Swedfund's Poverty Impact
This project addresses the following question: Have the investments undertaken by Swedfund contributed to poverty reduction and, if so, to what extent and how? 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
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
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
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
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
Who Drives Climate-Relevant 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
Increasing Transparency in Smallholder Supply Chains: Comparing Approaches to Monitoring Performance of Investments and Private Sector Participation
For this DfID-funded project, we will be providing a synthesis of the types of monitoring, evaluation and data being used by investors and the private sector in agricultural supply chains in a developing country context. More details
Waste(d) laws in India18 May 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi
On the prospects for pro-poor low-carbon growth28 Apr 2015
By Dirk Willenbockel
Greening China: tackling bad industrial policies should be a priority16 Mar 2015
By Hao Tan
Will US $498 deal be enough to transform Ghana's energy sector?21 Aug 2014
By Simon Bawakyillenuo
Africa, an emerging ‘green revolution’?18 Aug 2014
US-Africa Summit promises investment but will it have impact?11 Aug 2014
By Ana Pueyo
Inclusive green growth in Africa - can we cut through its complexity?17 Feb 2014
By Ana Pueyo
What is ‘inclusive green growth’, and how should it be financed?31 Jul 2013
By Stephen Spratt
How can the green transformation work?05 Jul 2013
By Tomoko Kunimitsu