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GLOBIS Workshop:
Globalisation and eco-innovation: Technology transfer, IPR and Trade

Date: 8th May 2013, 09.00 to 17.00
Place: Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe

To consider the impacts of globalisation processes on environmental technologies and the implications for policy for support of eco-innovation, the development of markets and technology transfer. The topic will be considered from three points of view: trade and foreign direct investment, IPR (intellectual property rights) and environmental policy.

Tao Wang, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Presentation: Innovation and globalisation – the Chinese perspective

Ambuj Sagar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Presentation: Energy innovation policies and strategies – an international perspective

Jonathan Köhler and Rainer Walz (Fraunhofer)
Presentation: Global Eco-innovation and competitiveness in Environmental Technologies – methods and an application to Aviation Biofuels

GLOBIS Workshop:
Globalization, Natural Resource Constraints and the different Scales of Sustainable Pathways

Workshop programme (pdf)
Workshop report (pdf)

Date: 23 May 2013
Place: Campus du Jardin Tropical, Nogent sur Marne

Guaranteeing a fair access of current and future generations to scarce resources is a central challenge of sustainable development that fosters intense debate in different scientific disciplines. In this debate, the effect of the rapidly evolving socio-economic context, characterized by an accelerating Globalization process, on the use of natural resources is one of the main points of contention. Against this background, this workshop seeks to determine whether the tensions on natural resources are exacerbated, or on the contrary mitigated, by the ongoing Globalization process in a context of uncertainties. One the one hand, Globalization of markets can avoid tensions on local resources by making energy supply easier. On the other hand, the rapid economic growth induced by globalization can increase tensions on resources and limit transition towards sustainable pathways. The workshop more precisely focuses on the energy as in the core issue in relation to climate change mitigation, and agriculture and food sector as one of the basic challenges for the global development through a multiscale perspective and by confronting quantitative and qualitative works. The first part will analyze the long term challenges posed to Europe and developing countries by oil dependency and climate change in the context of socio-economic and political globalization. Local implications of global challenges will be analyzed at the urban scale. The second part will concentrate on the tensions implied by the globalization of food markets and the tensions they imply on land use and food security. Specific insights will be provided on the constitution of a global land market and land grabbing. A final round table will address the challenges raised by these issues for the cooperation between North and South in view of the current negotiations on Post Kyoto framework. These works have been conducted in the framework of the EUFP7 GLOBIS project and were also supported by the chair Long term modeling for sustainable development.

Sustainability, Globalization and the Energy sector

  • Session 1 – Global Resource Constraints in a Globalized Economy; Issues for a Sustainable Energy Transition
  • Session 2 – Local Implications to Global Problems: the Urban Dimension of Sustainable Energy Transitions:

Globalization, land use constraints, Food Security

  • Session 1 – Global Resource Constraints in a Globalized Economy: Issues for Sustainable Diet Transition
  • Session 2 – Local Implications to Global Problems: Land Grabbing, Land Scarcity and Food Security

 Seminar for the Swedish and the Norwegian parliaments on “rethinking agriculture in the context of globalisations”

10-11 June 2013 (Oslo)
12 June 2013 (Stockholm)

In collaboration with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, LUCSUS is hosting two seminars with the aim of creating a dialogue between science, politics and social movements in relation to the pressing problem of global food security/sovereignty. The seminars will be arranged primarily for parliamentarians in the Swedish and the Norwegian parliaments. A report with an up-to-date assessment of current scientific discourses on food security and food sovereignty in the context of multiple dimensions of globalization will be presented. We have also invited three distinguished Right Livelihood laureates to give three perspectives from activists and social movements viewpoints. The three laureates are:

  • Wes Jackson (USA)
  • Louise and Percy Schmeiser (Canda) (
  • Shrikrishna Upadhyay (Nepal)

The report presented by LUCSUS will take a rights based approach to food and will deal with three broad aspects of agricultural development, namely: the social organization of agriculture and rural life, the development of agro-ecosystems, the political economy of food.

The seminars are as part of the EU project GLOBIS under the Seventh Framework Programme.

GLOBIS Workshop:
The New Geography of Key Resources – the race for resources in extreme environments

November  2012

Together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, GLOBIS convened a one-day workshop on the theme The New Geography of Key Resources – the race for resources in extreme environments. The workshop took place 6 November 2012. It brought together scholars and policy makers to discuss the social and environmental implications of the increasing race for resources (energy, minerals, food and fibre) in ever more extreme environments, both natural (e.g. the Arctic) and political (e.g. the Congo).

A report from this workshop is available here (pdf)

COST Action-network on climate migration: Workshops on the Economics of Environmental Migration and Methods for Understanding Environmental Migration.

October 2012

In collaboration with the COST Action IS1101: Climate change and migration: knowledge, law and policy, and theory, GLOBIS co-convened and reported on an international workshop on climate migration in Paris on October 1-2 (2012). Two reports were produced and are available here:

Economics of Environmental Migration (pdf)
Methods for Understanding Environmental Migration (pdf)

Lunch seminar on land grabbing in the Swedish Parliament

June, 2012

International trade in agricultural land (land grabbing) was the theme of a seminar organised at the Swedish Parliament for parliamentarians and other stakeholders on the topic of land-grabbing. Parliamentarians, journalists, and targeted individuals and institutions were invited to the seminar. About 100 stakeholders participated. In conjunction and with inputs from GLOBIS, there was an open seminar arranged by a Swedish NGO engaged in the issue. The report developed for the seminar was in Swedish in order to better reach the targeted stakeholders and is available at

Sustainability transitions in the context of globalization – Special session from the GLOBIS project

June, 2011

We held a special session of the GLOBIS case studies (Deliverables 10-13) at the 2nd International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, organised in June 2011. The objective of the special GLOBIS session was to draw on and synthesize from the scholarly debate in different disciplines a theoretical foundation for reconciling the three global processes: globalisation, development and sustainable development. It is our ontological assumption that globalisation is an on-going, and in principle benign, process that needs to be promoted and adjusted in relation to sustainable development. Development as an institutionalised process also needs to be carefully aligned with sustainability. Based on this comprehensive understanding we analyse how the global flows of financial capital, people, goods and ideas are promoted, restricted and regulated through a number of important policy areas, such as: trade, agriculture and food, energy, transport, technology and innovation, mobility and tourism. This serves to identify the existing tensions in globalisation, recognising the trade-offs involved, and thus pointing to possible areas of reform in current policy practices and global institutions.

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