SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Frauke Urban

BSc, MSc, PhD
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Overview

Frauke Urban
SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Programme Convenor: Environmental Management

Centre for Water and Development

Member, Centre for Water and Development

Name:
Dr Frauke Urban
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Telephone:
0203 0738329
Building:
36 Gordon Square
Office No:
LIDC 203

Biography

Dr. Frauke Urban is an environmental scientist specialised on the linkages between energy, climate change and development, especially climate change mitigation, low carbon development and energy policy. Her main regional interest is Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia. She is the Principle Investigator for an ESRC-funded project on China’s rise in the hydropower dam sector and its environmental and social implications in low and middle income countries. Frauke also works as Co-Investigator on another ESRC-funded project on China’s low carbon innovation in the energy sector and she works as Co-Investigator on a project on Green Transformations in the Global South, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the Svenska Riksbanken. Frauke currently teaches in the fields of Environmental Management, Climate Change and Development, Energy and Development. Her research has been published in Energy Policy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Applied Energy, Energy for Sustainable Development, Climatic Change, World Development, Development Policy Review, Sustainable Development and other international journals.

Frauke works as Reader in Environment and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS. Frauke was Visiting Researcher at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany; Visiting Researcher at the Mercator Institute for Climate Change and the Global Commons in Berlin, Germany; Visiting Researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Visiting Researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Before joining SOAS she worked as Research Fellow in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies IDS at the University of Sussex and as Research Fellow at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Affiliations

Centre for Water and Development (CDW) - Member
Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) - Full Member
London International Development Centre (LIDC) - Member
SOAS China Institute (SCI) - Member

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised

Programme Director: Environmental Management

Module convenor:

Research

Dr. Frauke Urban works on the linkages between energy, climate change and development, especially climate change mitigation, low carbon development and energy policy. Her main regional interest is Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia. She also works on China’s rise and its environmental implications in low and middle income countries.

Her most recent journal publications (2016 and 2015) are:

Urban, F., Geall, S., Wang, Y., 2016. Solar PV and solar water heaters in China: Different pathways to low carbon energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 64(2016): 531–542.

Urban, F., Zhou, Y., Nordensvard, J., Narain, A., 2015. Firm-level technology transfer and technology cooperation for wind energy between Europe, China and India: from North-South to South-North cooperation? Energy for Sustainable Development, Volume 28(10):29–40.

Urban, F., 2015. Environmental innovation for sustainable development: the role of China. Sustainable Development, Vol.23(7-8): 203–205.

Urban, F., Siciliano, G., Sour, K., Lonn, P.D., Tan-Mullins, M., Mang, G., 2015. South-South technology transfer of low carbon innovation: Chinese large hydropower dams in Cambodia. Sustainable Development, Vol.23(7-8): 232–244.

Urban, F., Nordensvard, J., Siciliano, G., Li, B., 2015. Chinese Overseas Hydropower Dams and Social Sustainability: The Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 2(3):573–589.

Nordensvard, J. and Urban, F., 2015. The stuttering energy transition in Germany: Wind energy policy and feed-in tariff lock-in. Energy Policy, Vol. 82: 156-165.

Siciliano, G., Urban, F., Kim, S., Lonn, D.P., 2015. Hydropower, social priorities and the rural-urban development divide: the case of large dams in Cambodia. Energy Policy, Volume 86(11):273–285.

Zhou, Y., Li, X., Lema, R., Urban, F., 2015. Comparing the knowledge bases of wind turbine firms in Asia and Europe: patent trajectories, networks, and globalization. Science and Public Policy, 1-16. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scv055

Dr. Urban has just published a reference collection of 4 volumes on Low carbon Development: Urban, F. and Nordensvärd, J., eds. (2016). Low Carbon Development - Routledge Major Works Collections: Critical Concepts in Development Studies.  Abingdon; New York: Routledge. 2,276 pages.
(See https://www.routledge.com/Low-Carbon-Development/Urban-Nordensvard/p/book/9781138778221 for details).

Her textbook “Low Carbon Development: Key Issues” has been published in 2013 by Earthscan, Routledge. “Low Carbon Development: Key Issues” is the first comprehensive textbook to address the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. It discusses the key conceptual, empirical and policy-related issues of low carbon development and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to the subject by drawing on insights from across the natural sciences and social sciences whilst embedding the discussion in a global context. Frauke published a monograph with Routledge in 2014, entitled “Low Carbon Transitions for Developing Countries”.

Frauke is the Principal Investigator for the project “China goes global: a comparative analysis of the impacts of Chinese hydropower dams in low and middle income countries”, led by SOAS. The project explores the environmental, social, economic and political impacts of China’s engagement in large dams in Cambodia, Ghana, Malaysia and Nigeria through fieldwork and document and data analysis. Time frame: 2012-2016, (ESRC grant ref number: ES/J01320X/1). Project website: https://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/research/cgg/

Frauke is a Co-Investigator for the project Green Transformations in the Global South (GreeTS), funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Svenska Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, the Volkswagen Foundation and led by the University of Munster in Germany. The project involves detailed fieldwork on energy and agriculture issues in Vietnam and Costa Rica. Time frame: 2016 – 2019. Project website: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Nachhaltigkeit/Greets/research/index.html

Frauke is a Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded project “Low carbon innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice”, led by the University of Lancaster. The project explores three case studies from energy, mobility and agriculture. Frauke leads the energy workpackage. Time frame: late 2013-2016. Project website: http://steps-centre.org/project/low-carbon-china/

Frauke has led and contributed to a wide range of research projects and consultancies over the past 15 years, including being the Principal Investigator for an ESRC-funded network grant on China as a new ‘shaper’ of international development. Other work included projects on low carbon development, energy policy and climate change mitigation in developing countries funded by the Svenska Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, Volkswagen Foundation, Compania di Sao Paolo, DFID, CDKN, CAFOD, Oxfam, Climate Strategies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the British Academy and the European Union. For her PhD at the University of Groningen, Frauke conducted research on transitions to low carbon energy as climate change mitigation options for China and India, which was funded by the Ubbo-Emmius-Foundation.

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Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Malaysia
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German

Publications

Authored Books

Urban, Frauke (2014) Low Carbon Transitions for Developing Countries. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, eds. (2016) Low Carbon Development - Routledge Major Works Collections: Critical Concepts in Development Studies. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Critical Concepts in Development Studies)

Urban, Frauke, ed. (2015) Environmental innovation for sustainable development: the role of China. Wiley. (Special Issue of Sustainable Development: Vol. 23, Issue. 4)

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvärd, Johan, eds. (2013) Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. London: Earthscan, Routledge.

Urban, Frauke and Mohan, Giles and Cook, Sarah, eds. (2013) China as a new shaper of international development: the environmental implications. Springer Link. (Special Issue of Environment, Development and Sustainability; Vol. 15 Issue. 2)

Book Chapters

Kelman, Ilan and Colbourn, Tim and Costello, Anthony and Georgeson, Lucien and Kovats, Sari and Maslin, Mark and Newsham, Andrew and Sammonds, Peter and Urban, Frauke and Waage, Jeff and Wilkinson, Paul (2015) 'Climate and Climate Change.' In: Waage, Jeff and Yap, Christopher, (eds.), Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 11-17.

Cooke, Fadzilah Majid and Saat, Gusni and Gani, Nicholas and Urban, Frauke (2015) 'The land issue in the water, energy and food security nexus.' In: Hezri, Adnan, (ed.), Water, energy and food security nexus. Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, pp. 123-131.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan (2013) 'Low Carbon Development: Origins, concepts and key issues.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 3-22.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan (2013) 'Climate Change Economics: Financing Low Carbon Development.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 81-93.

Urban, Frauke (2013) 'Triple Win? The Case of Climate Compatible Development.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Urban, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 202-212.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan (2013) 'Approaches to Low Carbon Development in Low, Middle and High Income Countries: A Conceptual Framework.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard , Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 217-227.

Urban, Frauke and Ting, Marie Blanche and Lakew, Hilawe (2013) 'Poverty Reducation and Economic Growth in a Carbon Constrained World: The Case of Ethiopia.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 228-239.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan and Zhou, Yuan (2013) 'Ride the Wind: Wind Energy in China.' In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Oxon: Earthscan, Routledge, pp. 259-269.

Urban, Frauke and Sumner, A. (2012) 'Pro-poor low carbon development.' In: Ockwell, D. and Mallet, A., (eds.), Low carbon technology transfer: from rhetoric to reality. Earthscan.

Urban, Frauke and Benders, R.M.J. and Moll, H.C. (2006) 'Modelling Transitions to Renewable Energy in Developing Countries.' In: Sastry, E.V.R. and Reddy, D.N., (eds.), ICORE 2006. Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, India, pp. 497-502.

Journal Articles

Siciliano, Giuseppina and Urban, Frauke and Tan-Mullins, May and Lonn, Pich Dara and Kim, Sour (2016) 'The Political Ecology of Chinese Large Dams in Cambodia: Implications, Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the Kamchay Dam.' Water, 8 (45). pp. 1-18.

Urban, Frauke and Geall, Sam and Wang, Yu (2016) 'Solar PV and solar water heaters in China: Different pathways to low carbon energy.' Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 64 (2016). pp. 531-542.

Siciliano, Giuseppina and Urban, Frauke and Sour, Kim and Pich, Dara Lonn (2015) 'Hydropower, social priorities and the rural–urban development divide: The case of large dams in Cambodia.' Energy Policy, 86. pp. 273-285.

Urban, Frauke and Zhou, Yuan and Nordensvard, Johan and Narain, Ankita (2015) 'Firm-level technology transfer and technology cooperation for wind energy between Europe, China and India: From North–South to South–North cooperation?' Energy for Sustainable Development, 28 (10). pp. 29-40.

Zhou, Yuan and Li, Xin and Lema, Rasmus and Urban, Frauke (2015) 'Comparing the knowledge bases of wind turbine firms in Asia and Europe: patent trajectories, networks, and globalisation.' Science and Public Policy, 1. pp. 1-16.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan and Siciliano, Giuseppina and Li, Binqin (2015) 'Chinese Overseas Hydropower Dams and Social Sustainability: The Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia.' Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 2 (3). pp. 573-589.

Nordensvard, Johan and Urban, Frauke and Mang, Grace (2015) 'Social Innovation and Chinese Overseas Hydropower Dams: The Nexus of National Social Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility.' Sustainable Development, 23 (7-8). pp. 245-256.

Urban, Frauke and Siciliano, Giuseppina and Sour, Kim and Lonn, Pich Dara and Tan-Mullins, May and Mang, Grace (2015) 'South–South Technology Transfer of Low-Carbon Innovation: Large Chinese Hydropower Dams in Cambodia.' Sustainable Development, 23 (7-8). pp. 232-244.

Urban, Frauke (2015) 'Editorial - Environmental Innovation for Sustainable Development: The Role of China.' Sustainable Development, 23 (7-8). pp. 203-205.

Nordensvard, J and Urban, Frauke (2015) 'The stuttering energy transition in Germany: Wind energy policy and feed-in tariff lock-in.' Energy Policy, 82. pp. 156-165.

Urban, Frauke (2014) 'Small-scale solar is a big player in China’s clean energy mix.' China Dialogue.

Urban, Frauke (2014) 'China goes global.' International Innovation Environment Report, , 159. pp. 83-85.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan (2014) 'China Dams the World: The Environmental and Social Impacts of Chinese Dams.' E-International Relations.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvärd, Johan and Khatri, Deepika and Wang, Yu (2013) 'An analysis of China's investments in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.' Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15 (2). pp. 301-324.

Urban, Frauke and Mohan, Giles and Cook, Sarah (2013) 'China as a new shaper of international development: The environmental implications.' Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15 (2). pp. 257-263.

Berger, Axel and Fischer, Doris and Lema, Rasmus and Schmitz, Hubert and Urban, Frauke (2013) 'China–Europe Relations in the Mitigation of Climate Change: A Conceptual Framework.' Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (1). pp. 71-98.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvärd, Johan O and Zhou, Yuan (2012) 'Key actors and their motives for wind energy innovation in China.' Innovation and Development, 2 (1). pp. 111-130.

Urban, Frauke and Lind, Jeremy (2011) 'Low carbon energy and conflict: A new agenda.' Boiling Point (59). pp. 26-27.

Urban, Frauke and Mitchell, T. and Silva Villanueva, P. (2011) 'Issues at the interface of disaster risk management and low-carbon development.' Climate and Development, 33 (3). pp. 259-279.

Mulugetta, Yacob and Urban, Frauke (2010) 'Deliberating on low carbon development.' Energy Policy, 38 (12). pp. 7546-7549.

Urban, Frauke (2010) 'Pro-poor low carbon development and the role of growth.' International Journal of Green Economics, 4 (1). pp. 82-93.

Urban, Frauke (2010) 'The MDGs and beyond: Can low carbon development be pro-poor?' IDS Bulletin, 41 (1). pp. 92-99.

Urban, Frauke (2010) 'Climate change mitigation revisited: Low-carbon energy transitions for China and India [in Chinese].' Urban Insight, 5 (2). pp. 36-53.

Urban, Frauke (2009) 'Climate change mitigation revisited: Low-carbon energy transitions for China and India.' Development Policy Review Journal, 27 (6). pp. 693-715.

Urban, Frauke and Benders, R.M.J. and Moll, H.C. (2009) 'Renewable and low-carbon energy as mitigation options of climate change for China.' Climatic Change, 94 (1-2). pp. 169-188.

Urban, Frauke and Benders, R.M.J. and Moll, H.C: (2009) 'Energy for rural India.' Applied Energy, 86. pp. 47-57.

Van Ruijven, B. and Urban, Frauke and Benders, R.J.M. and Moll, H.C. and Van der Sluijs, J and De Vries, B and Van Vuuren, D.P. (2008) 'Modeling Energy and Development: an Evaluation of Models and Concepts.' World Development, 36 (12). pp. 2801-2821.

Urban, Frauke and Benders, R.M.J. and Moll, H.C. (2007) 'Modelling energy systems for developing countries.' Energy Policy, 35 (6). pp. 3473-3482.

Working Papers / Reports

Urban, Frauke and Geall, Sam (2015) Pathways Towards Renewable Energy in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices - Solar.

Tyfield, David and Ely, Adrian and Urban, Frauke and Geall, Sam and Zuev, Dennis and Urry, John (2015) Low-Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices - Innovation.

Lema, Rasmus and Nordensvard, Johan and Urban, Frauke and Lutkenhorst, Wilfried (2014) Innovation Paths in Wind Power: Insights from Denmark and Germany. GDI/DIE.

Lema, R and Nordensvard, J and Urban, Frauke and Lutkenhorst, W (2014) Innovation Paths in Wind Power: Insights from Denmark and Germany. GDI/DIE.

Naess, LO and Hagemann, M and Harvey, B and Urban, Frauke (2014) Improving Co-benefits and ‘Triple Win’ Impacts from Climate Action: The role of guidance tools. Brighton: IDS.

Lockwood, Matthew and Urban, Frauke (2012) Drivers for low carbon development: Case studies from China, Ghana and Ethiopia. Brighton: IDS / DFID.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan (2011) The Ambiguous Role of Corporations in Climate Change Mitigation: An Explorative Appraisal of Corporations in China, Malaysia and the US. IDS Working Paper, vol. 2011 (373).

Urban, Frauke (2011) Achieving Low Carbon Development in Ethiopia, Ghana and China – the Role of Governments, Business and Civil Society. IDS Paper for the Learning Hub on Adaptation and Low Carbon Development.

Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan and Wang, Yu and Khatri, Deepika and Mohan, Giles (2011) China and the African oil sector: channels of engagement, motives, actors and impacts. IDS Working Paper, vol. 2011 (374).

Urban, Frauke and Mohan, Giles and Zhang, Yanbing (2011) The understanding and practice of development in China and the European Union. IDS Working Paper, vol. 2011 (372).

Urban, Frauke (2011) Technology, Trade and Climate Policy: The Pursuit of Low Carbon Development in Least Developed Countries, Vulnerable Economies and Small Island Developing States. London: Commonwealth Secretariat.

Urban, Frauke and Mitchell, Tom (2011) Climate change, disasters and the energy sector: Issues at the interface of changing disaster risks, adaptation and mitigation. Strengthening Climate Resilience Discussion Paper, IDS.

Urban, Frauke and Mitchell, T. and Silva Villanueva, P. (2010) Greening Disaster Risk Management: Issues at the Interface of Disaster Risk Management and Low Carbon Development. Strengthening Climate Resilience Discussion Paper 3, IDS.

Urban, Frauke (2009) Learning for climate change mitigation finance from development assistance. Climate Strategies, London.

Urban, Frauke (2009) Enabling environments for low carbon economies: implications for least developed countries. CAFOD, London.

Urban, Frauke Chinese dams go global: opportunities for more sustainable hydropower. London: CeDEP. SOAS, University of London..

Book Reviews

Urban, Frauke (2014) 'Review of: "Large Dams in Asia: Contested Environments Between Technological Hydroscapes and Social Resistance".' Mountain Research and Development, 34 (3). pp. 307-308.

Theses

Urban, Frauke (2009) Sustainable energy for developing countries – Modelling transitions to renewable and clean energy in rapidly developing countries. PhD thesis. University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Other

Urban, Frauke and Mohan, G. (2010) 'China’s Rise – Implications for Low Income Countries.' IDS In Focus Policy Briefing (8.4).

Urban, Frauke and Sumner, A. (2009) 'After 2015: Pro-poor low carbon development.' IDS In Focus Policy Briefing (9.4).

Urban, Frauke and Wang, Yu (2009) 'Energy, climate change and low carbon development in China.' IDS In Focus Policy Briefing (8.2).

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