UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development toward sustainability

24 November 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Poster for Rasmus Lemas' talk on the green windows of opportunity

Join us to hear Rasmus Lema talk about his research on 'Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability'. This talk will be chaired by IIPP’s Antonio Andreoni with a discussion from Keno Haverkamp (IIPP). Followed by questions from the audience.

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The world is in the early stages of a paradigm transition toward a global green economy. In this talk we highlight opportunities and constraints to latecomer development associated with the mounting global transformation toward sustainability. Drawing on case studies of renewable energy industries in China, we highlight the importance of institutional changes in the creation of new opportunities for latecomer development. We emphasise how public demand and mission-guided technical change, together with sectoral characteristics, influence the directionality of latecomer development. This provides important insights regarding opportunities for green development in emerging economies, how these opportunities emerge and unfold in different renewable energy sectors and their implications for the global green economy.

Background material linked to this seminar

Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability by Rasmus Lema, Xiaolan Fu and Roberta Rabellotti

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About the Speaker

Rasmus Lema

Associate Professor at Aalborg University

Rasmus Lema
Rasmus Lema is Associate Professor at the Business School, Aalborg University, and Visiting Professor at the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development, based at the College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg. He specialises in the linkages between green transformations, industrial development and technological learning. He is an editor of the journal ‘Innovation and Development’ and member of the Scientific Board of Globelics.

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