SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Phillips, Jon, Das, Kasturi and Newell, Peter (2013) 'Governance and technology transfer in the clean development mechanism in India.' Global Environmental Change, 23 (6). pp. 1594-1604.

Text - Accepted Version
Download (405kB) | Preview
[img] Text - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Request a copy


Despite significant technological advances in emerging economies, the further development of clean energy technologies in developing countries remains crucial to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with economic development. In this paper we address two significant gaps in the growing body of literature that has assessed the role of the Clean Development Mechanism in promoting the transfer of clean technologies to developing countries. First, we present a qualitative analysis of the governance of the Clean Development Mechanism in India. This provides a basis for understanding the extent to which and the ways in which governance may impact upon the likelihood that projects promote technology transfer. Second, we provide a novel quantification of the level and nature of technology transfer that has occurred in Indian Clean Development Mechanism projects, based on insights from literature on technological capability building. We find that the Clean Development Mechanism in India has produced a negligible number of projects that promote technology transfer if technology transfer is understood as a process of learning about technology. Together these qualitative and quantitative analyses show how politics and governance have contributed to the current form of the Clean Development Mechanism market in India, in which processes of building indigenous technological capabilities have been neglected.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Technology Transfer, Innovation, India, Clean Energy, Governance
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 09593780
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Global Environmental Change, 2013, v23 (6). pp. 1594-1604.published by Elsevier. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 16:39
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item