Collaborative research and development (R&D) for climate technology transfer and uptake in developing countries: Towards a needs driven approach

Ockwell, David, Sagar, Ambuj and de Coninck, Heleen (2014) Collaborative research and development (R&D) for climate technology transfer and uptake in developing countries: Towards a needs driven approach. Climatic Change, 131. pp. 401-415. ISSN 0165-0009

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Abstract

While international cooperation to facilitate the transfer and uptake of climate technologies in developing countries is an ongoing part of climate policy conversations, international collaborative R&D has received comparatively little attention. Collaborative R&D, however, could be a potentially important contributor to facilitating the transfer and uptake of climate technologies in developing countries. But the complexities of international collaborative R&D options and their distributional consequences have been given little attention to date. This paper develops a systematic approach to informing future empirical research and policy analysis on this topic. Building on insights from relevant literature and analysis of empirical data based on a sample of existing international climate technology R&D initiatives, three contributions are made. First, the paper analyses the coverage of existing collaborative R&D efforts in relation to climate technologies, highlighting some important concerns, such as a lack of coverage of lower-income countries or adaptation technologies. Second, it provides a starting point for further systematic research and policy thinking via the development of a taxonomic approach for analysing collaborative designs. Finally, it matches characteristics of R&D collaborations against developing countries’ climate technology needs to provide policymakers with guidance on how to Configure R&D collaborations to meet these needs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Linked to ESRC STEPS project
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Depositing User: Jill Kirby
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 11:03
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 20:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49408

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