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Task 1 - Environmental degradation and poverty




Forsyth, Tim, and Melissa Leach (1998) Poverty and environment: Priorities for research and policy. An overview study, Institute of Development Studies.


Markandya, A. (2005) Poverty Alleviation, Environment and Sustainable Development: Implications for the management of natural capital, in M. Basili, M. Franzini and A. Vercelli (eds.) Environment, Inequality and Collective Action, London and New York, Routledge.


Dasgupta, P. (2002) Economic development, environmental degradation and the persistence of deprivation in poor countries, mimeo.


Tiffen, M. and Mortimore, M. with F. Gichuki (1994) More people, less erosion? Environmental recovery in Kenya, Chichester: John Wiley.


Common, Michael, and Sigrid Stagle (2005) Ecological Economics. An Introduction, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.




Task 2 - Sustainable development—what’s in a name?




Harris, J.M. (2204) Basic Principles for Sustainable Development, Global Development and Environment Institute, working paper 00-04. Available at:


Robinson, J. (2004) Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development Ecological Economics 48(4): 369-384.


Hjorth, P. and A. Bagheri (2006) Navigating towards Sustainable Development: A System Dynamics Approach, Futures 38: 74-92.


Mog, J.M. (2004) ‘Struggling with Sustainability – A Comparative Framework for Evaluating Sustainable Development Programs’, World Development 32(12): 2139–2160. IISD Commentary on the OECD's Draft Principles for International Investor Participation in Infrastructure (PDF - 68 kb)


Mesarovic (2001) Evolution of Sustainability Concept, mimeo.


Hardin, G., 1968. The tragedy of the commons. Science 162, pp. 1243–1248. Available at:


WCED (1987), Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, Oxford.




Task 3 - Innovation for sustainable development




Rip, Arie, and René Kemp (1998), ‘Technological Change’, in Steve Rayner and Liz Malone (eds.), Human Choice and Climate Change, Vol 2 Resources and Technology, Batelle Press, Washington D.C., 327-399.


Kemp, René (2006) Environmental Innovations and Economic Success of Firms –A Rejoinder to Rennings and Ziegler “Environmental Innovations and Economic Success of Firms” for the Green Roads to Growth workshop in Copenhagen on March 1-2 in Copenhagen, 2006

Karekezi, S. and W. Kithyoma (2002) ‘Renewable energy strategies for rural Africa: is a PV-led renewable energy strategy the right approach for providing modern energy to the rural poor of sub-Saharan Africa?’, Energy Policy 30: 1071-1086.


Arundel, A., R. Kemp, and S. Parto (2004) Indicators for Environmental Innovation: What and How to Measure, forthcoming in International Handbook on Environment and Technology Management (ETM), edited by D. Annandale, J. Phillimore and D. Marinova, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.


Vollenbroek, F.A., (2002) ‘Sustainable development and the challenge of innovation’, Journal of Clean Production 10, 215-223.


Douthwaite, B. (2002) Enabling Innovation. A practical guide to understanding and fostering innovation, London, Zed Books.




Task 4 - Environmental management and innovation strategies




Rathi, A.K.A. (2003) Promotion of cleaner production for industrial pollution abatement in Gujarat (India), Journal of Cleaner Production, 11( 5): 583-590.


Luken, R. and F, van Rompaey (2006) Drivers for and Barriers to EST Utilization by Manufacturing Plants in Nine Developing Countries, forthcoming in Journal of Cleaner Production.


Ekboir, J.M. (2003) Innovation Systems and Technology Policy: Zero Tillage in Brazil. Research Policy, 32: 573-586.


Clark N.G., Hall, A, G. Naik and R.Suilaman (2003) The development of an NGO Facilitated Post- Harvest Innovation System for the Himalayan Hills, World Development, 31(11).


Novy-Hildesley, J. (2006) From Idea to Impact: Funding Invention for Sustainability, Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, 1(1): 31-42.


World Bank 2006 Enhancing agricultural innovation: How to go beyond strengthening research systems. Economic sector work report. The World Bank Washington DC.


Task 5 - Societal transformations


Geels, F.W. (2002), ‘Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: A multi-level perspective and a case-study’, Research Policy, 31(8/9), pp. 1257-1274

Sonnenfeld, D.A., and A.P.J. Mol (2006) ‘Environmental Reform in Asia. Comparison, Challenges, Next Steps’, Journal for Environment and Development, 15(2): 112-137.

Jhirad, D. (1990) Power sector innovation in developing countries: implementing multifaceted solutions. Annual Review of Energy 15: 365-98.

Freeman, C. and C. Perez (1988) Structural crises of adjustment: Business cycles and investment behaviours, in Dosi et al Technical change and Economic Theory, Pinter, London, pp. 38-66.

Elzen, Boelie, Frank W. Geels and Ken Green (eds.), (2004) System Innovation and the Transition to Sustainability, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar. Available at:

Groot, A., van Dijk, N., Jiggins, J. and Maarleveld, M. (2002) Three challenges in the facilitation of system-wide change. In Leeuwis, C. and Pyburn, R. (eds.) Wheelbarrows full of frogs. Social learning in rural resource management, Koninklijke van Gorcum, Assen, the Netherlands, pp. 199-214.


Task 6 - Institutions


Parto, Saeed (2005) "Economic Activity and Institutions: Taking Stock", Journal of Economic Issues, 39:1, pp. 21-52. Available at:

Scharpf, Fritz W. (1997) Games real actors play. Actor-centered Institutionalism in Policy research, Westview Press, Boulder, chapter 2.

March, James G., and Johan P. Olsen, (1989) Rediscovering Institutions. The Organizational Basis of Politics, New York: Free Press, chapter 1.

North, Douglas C. (1990), Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Scott, W.R. (1995) Institutions and Organizations, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage.


Task 7 - Governance for sustainable development


Meadowcroft, J., Farrell, K.N. and Spangenberg, J. (2005) ‘Developing a framework for sustainability governance in the European Union’, International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 8, Nos. 1/2, pp.3–11.

Lafferty. W. (ed.) (2004) Governance for Sustainable Development. The Challenge of Adapting Form to Function, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, chapter 1 and 11.

Kemp, R., Parto, S. and Gibson, R.B. (2005), ‚Governance for Sustainable Development: Moving from theory to practice’, The International Journal of Sustainable Development,8 (1/2), 12-30. Available at:

Kemp, René (2006), Transition management for sustainable consumption and production, paper presented at SCORE conference in Copenhagen, 20-21 April 2006

Voß, J.-P., Bauknecht, D., Kemp, R. (2006), Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar (chapter 1 and 16).


Task 8 - Policy instruments to deal with environmental degradation


Brown, Katarina, W. Neil Adger, Emily Boyd, Esteve Corbera-Elizalde and Simon Shackley (2004) How do CDM projects contribute to sustainable development? Tyndall centre for climate change research technical report 16. Available at:

Clifford S. Russell and William J. Vaughan, "The Choice of Pollution Control Policy Instruments in Developing Countries: Arguments, Evidence and Suggestions", in International Yearbook of Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. VII, T. H. Tietenberg and H. Folmer, eds. (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, forthcoming).

Blackman, A. (2006) Economic incentives to control water pollution in developing countries. How well has Colombia’s wastewater discharge fee program worked and why? Available at:

Greenspan Bell, Ruth, and Clifford S. Russell (2002) Environmental Policy for Developing Countries, Issues in Science and Technology, spring 2002.

Young, O.R. (2002), The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, and Scale, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.


Task 9 - Capacity development for innovation


Hall, A. (2005) ‘Capacity Development for Agricultural Biotechnology in Developing countries: An innovation systems view of what it is and how to exploit it’, Journal of International Development 17, 611-630. Working paper available at:

Batterbury, S., T. Forsyth and K. Thompson (1997) ‘Environmental transformations in developing countries: hybrid research and democratic policy’, The Geographical Journal 163

Foley, G. (1992) Renewable energy in third world development assistance: learning from experience, Energy Policy 20(4): 355–64.

Kemp, René, Johan Schot and Remco Hoogma (1998), ‘Regime Shifts to Sustainability through Processes of Niche Formation. The Approach of Strategic Niche Management’, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 10(2): 175-195.

Juma, C., et al. (2001). Global governance of technology: Meeting the needs of developing countries. International Journal of Technology Management, 22 (7/8) : 629-655. Available at:

Mytelka, Lynn (2004) Catching Up in New Wave Technologies. Oxford Development Studies, 32(3) September: 389-405.


Task 10 - Research methods


Seale, C. (ed.) (2004) Researching Society and culture, Sage publishers, London, chapters 2 and 22.

Siedenburg, J. (2006) Discussion. The Machakos Case Study: Solid Outcomes, Unhelpful Hyperbole, Development Policy Review 24(1): 75-85.

Taylor, Margaret R., Edward S. Rubin, and David A. Hounshell, (2005) Regulation as the Mother of Innovation: The Case of SO2 Control, Law & Policy, 27(2): 348-378.

Geels, F.W., 2004, ‘From sectoral systems of innovation to socio-technical systems: Insights about dynamics and change from sociology and institutional theory’, Research Policy, Vol. 33, No. 6-7, pp. 897-920.

Green, K., R. Hull, A. McMeekin, V. Walsh (1999), The construction of the techno-economic: networks vs. paradigms, Research Policy 28 (7): 777–792.

Adeoti, J. (223) Technology investment in Pollution Control in Sub-Saharan Africa. The case of Nigerian Manufacturing Industry, PhD thesis UNU-INTECH, Maastricht. Summary of findings available at:

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