INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CHINA

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Guangzhou, in South China, is one of the cities at the forefront of the country’s “ economic miracle”. The skyline is characterised as much by cranes and construction sites as by the high-rise towers which are already home to its thriving commerce. To what extent are Guangzhou’s innovators factoring…

CHINESE EXPORTS: DANGER, REGULATION AND SECURITY

By GERRY BLOOM, STEPS Centre member Over the past few months there have been a number of stories in the international media about dangerous exports from China. On the one hand, this reflects a recognition that China needs to establish regulatory systems to ensure the good performance of its burgeoning market economy. The failures of…

Cotton farming in Hubei province

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member In Hubei Province, I was fortunate to be able to visit two villages and, with the help of an interpreter, talk to several local people about their perspectives on local agri-environmental conditions and the prospects for rural development. Whilst expressing their appreciation of some of the government’s policies, it…

CHINA REPORT: “THREE GORGES DAM – TRULY GORGEOUS!”

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Yes, that is a real quote from the official guidebook. China’s soaring energy demands require drastic measures if supply is to keep up with the demands of the country’s increasingly affluent population. On the way back from a meeting in Wuhan, I took the opportunity to visit the infamous…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 3: TRADITION AND INNOVATION HAND-IN-HAND

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member From the role of ‘ancient wisdom’ in responding to climate change to the challenges of planning a sustainable Beijing to 2050, a recognition of the complementary importance of tradition and innovation permeated many of the talks on very busy and diverse day. At 8.30am sharp I went straight to…

ECOSUMMIT 2007, BEIJING: LIVE BLOG

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member I am in China on the eve of Ecosummit 2007 attending the conference in Beijing to represent STEPS. For the next two months, I will also be meeting with Chinese researchers and trying to learn Mandarin. It’s 9pm on 22 May and I have just returned from the ‘welcome…

DEMOS ATLAS OF IDEAS: SOME UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

BY IAN SCOONES, co-director of the STEPS Centre A set of new reports from Demos, a London-based think-tank, argue that there is a new geography of science and innovation emerging, with China, India and South Korea at the forefront of a new global knowledge economy. But many unanswered questions are raised. While showing different patterns…