High-Level Research Agenda

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for a low-carbon transition in the Global South


The Global South is more vulnerable to climate change than the Global North but has less capacity to adapt. A low-carbon transition is needed and most countries in the world have also committed to doing this. Such a transition means both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a warming climate. This is, however, a knowledge-intensive process.

The Sustainable Inclusive Economies (SIE) Division of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has concluded that research in this area is particularly important. This report is commissioned by SIE to develop a research agenda that can inform and support the low-carbon transition in the Global South.

One of the greatest challenges is the risk that existing inequities, including gender inequality, get worse. In this report, special attention is given to gender and poverty dimensions. The ambition is to identify research that can help combine a low-carbon transition with increased equality. The transition is not only a threat, but a major opportunity.

The consortium that has written this report consists of over 60 researchers from a multitude of universities and institutions around the world. The report has been coordinated by the Environment for Development Global Hub, with sub-contracts involving Duke University, International Institute for Environment and Development, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad de los Andes, University of Cape Town, University of Economics – Ho Chi Minh City, the University of Ghana, University of Nigeria – Nsukka, and the World Resources Institute.

This High-Level Research Agenda is a synthesis of a series of papers. The ambition is that these reports will be useful both for donors and research institutions in supporting research for a much-needed low-carbon transition with gender equity in the Global South.

The High-Level Research Agenda explained in graphics

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IDRC, Canada
Project | 4 April 2023