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Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
53 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterAn Analysis of the Links between Foreign Aid and Co2 Emissions in Cities
From the book: Aid Effectiveness for Environmental SustainabilityForeign aid Emissions Green cities
Journal ArticleProducing Biofuels in Low-Income Countries: An Integrated Environmental and Economic Assessment for Tanzania
This paper jointly evaluates the greenhouse gas emissions and economic impacts from producing biofuels in Tanzania...Economic aspects (Agriculture) Environmental aspects (Economic development) Equilibrium (Economics)
Working PaperIs feed-in-tariff policy effective for increasing deployment of renewable energy in Indonesia?
To accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies and to secure the electricity supply, the Government of Indonesia has issued several feed-in-tariff regulations for various renewable energy sources, which were previously predominated by ...Environmental aspects (Commercial policy) Power resources Renewable energy sources
Working PaperThe political economy of clean energy transitions at sub-national level: Understanding the role of international climate regimes in energy policy in two Brazilian states
This paper examines the political economy aspects, particularly the influence of the Clean Development Mechanism, in clean energy and climate change policies in the states of Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil...Climatic changes Renewable energy sources Sustainable development
Working PaperTowards a political economy framework for wind power: Does China break the mould?
We propose a general taxonomy of the political economy challenges to wind power development and integration, highlighting the implications in terms of actors, interests, and risks...Renewable energy sources
Working PaperAn inquiry into the political economy of the global clean energy transition policies and Nigeria’s federal and state governments’ fiscal policies
In order to implement clean energy transition programmes, the national and sub-national governments in Nigeria will incur some cost. In the same way, failure to implement the policies will come with some costs...Fiscal policy Nonrenewable natural resources Renewable energy sources
Working PaperThe effects of climate risk on hydropower P3 contract value: Preliminary study of the Inga 3 Dam
Large hydropower dams are at the centre of a debate weighing the value and costs of renewable energy against the risks of climate change...Environment Renewable energy sources
Working PaperImplementing EU renewable energy policy at the subnational level: Navigating between conflicting interests
The European Union (EU) has set targets for gradually reducing greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. One of the instruments involved is the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which specifies a 20 per cent renewable energy target for the EU by 2020...Forests and forestry Renewable energy sources State governments
Working PaperGoverning clean energy transitions in China and India: A comparative political economy analysis
China and India will have to radically transform their electric power systems in order to decouple economic growth from unsustainable resource consumption...Economic growth Environmental policy Political science
Working PaperThe social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa
This paper analyses the question why the South African government intends to procure nuclear energy technology, despite affordable and accessible fossil and renewable energy alternatives...Environmental policy Renewable energy sources Technology
Working PaperVarieties of clean energy transitions in Europe: Political-economic foundations of onshore and offshore wind development
The paper introduces a novel framework for classifying different types of national political economies...Capitalism Industrial productivity Renewable energy sources
Working PaperThe political economy of energy innovation
This paper empirically investigates the effects of environmental policy, institutions, political orientation, and lobbying on energy innovation and finds that they significantly affect the incentives to innovate and create cleaner energy efficient te...Environmental policy Political science Renewable energy sources
Working PaperPost-apartheid electricity policy and the emergence of South Africa’s renewable energy sector
This paper situates South Africa’s new renewable energy sector within the context of the country’s electricity system and in turn its unique political economy...Renewable energy sources
Working PaperRenewable energy in the Brazilian Amazon: The drivers of political economy and climate
Understanding the political economic drivers of energy planning in the Brazilian Amazon is critical since the forest is increasingly vulnerable to destruction and related, increased poverty...Climatic changes Quantitative research Renewable energy sources
Working PaperPolitical economy of Nigerian power sector reform
The Nigerian power sector reform is necessitated by the chronic poor performance of the sector and has as its compass the 2005 Electric Power Sector Reform Act and the Roadmap for Power Sector Reform 2010...Political science Power (Economics) Privatization
Working PaperSupport policies for renewables: Instrument choice and instrument change from a Public Choice perspective
This paper frames the transition towards clean energies as a sequential process of instrument choice and instrument change. First, regulators decide how to initiate the transition away from fossil energies...Environmental policy Management Renewable energy sources