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SOAS scholar joins team of UK researchers to explore low carbon innovation in China

17 January 2014

Dr Frauke Urban, lecturer in environment and development at SOAS, University of London joins a team of UK researchers to explore low carbon innovation in China.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by Lancaster University, the collaboration between researchers in the UK and leading institutions in China will investigate different models of innovation and their role in low carbon transitions.

Running from late 2013 to 2016, the project will compare government-led, high-tech ‘indigenous innovation’ approaches with emergent, lower-tech approaches in the areas of agriculture, energy and mobility. Dr Urban is one of the co-investigators and will lead the energy work package.

The project’s aim is to explore the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China, a key concern for the whole world. There is a burgeoning literature on low-carbon innovation in China, including from thinktanks, global governance institutions and INGOs.

Dr Urban said: “This is an exciting new project that will advance our knowledge about how low carbon transitions can be achieved in China, particularly in the polluting power sector.”

The outcome of this project seeks to inform policymakers and stakeholders on opportunities for prospective low-carbon transitions, and optimising their global impact, as well as advancing knowledge of contemporary low-carbon innovation in China beyond.

For more information on the project visit the Steps Centre website or China Dialogue.