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Innovation for Sustainability in a Changing China: Exploring Narratives and Pathways
14th April 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Adrian Ely and Sam Geall, STEPS Centre / SPRU
14 April 2015 at 11am – 1pm
China is the global leader in renewable energy investment and has adopted ambitious targets for low carbon development. Given the environmental impacts of the country’s current development trajectories and China’s increasing role as a source of innovation , progress towards these targets are of vital importance to the whole world.
This seminar will explore some of the key political narratives that have underpinned China’s policies in these areas, and in wider debates around sustainable development. At the same time, we outline emerging Chinese narratives around the concept of innovation, and the ways these link to environmental objectives. Drawing on theoretical insights from work in the STEPS Centre (Leach et al 2010) that investigate the role of power in shaping narratives, knowledge and action around specific ‘pathways to sustainability’, we explore the ways in which dominant policy narratives in China are driving particular forms of innovation for sustainability, and potentially occluding or constrainin g others.