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Climatic Change

, Volume 131, Issue 3, pp 401–415 | Cite as

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

  • David Ockwell
  • Ambuj Sagar
  • Heleen de Coninck
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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.

Keywords

Climate Policy Climate Change Adaptation Climate Change Mitigation Adaptation Technology Climate Technology 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Ockwell
    • 1
  • Ambuj Sagar
    • 2
  • Heleen de Coninck
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.Indian Institute for TechnologyDelhiIndia
  3. 3.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenNetherlands

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