GGGI’s Research Program is designed to support the delivery of GGGI’s Green Growth Planning and Implementation programs, and aims to transform the economic growth and development paradigm so that it integrates environmental and resource sustainability considerations. This will require a change in the way economic growth and development policies are conceived, structured and implemented.
GGGI’s Research program promotes the development of a new green growth paradigm in developing countries by conducting economic research into various aspects of green growth theory and practice. The Institute’s research portfolio is under active development in cooperation with developing and emerging countries as well as a number of international organizations.
GGGI’s research prioritizes the following topic areas as they apply to developing and emerging countries:
- Green growth planning tools and methodology
- Lessons from in-country green growth planning experience
- Economic theory and policy of green growth
- Resource-efficiency and green growth, including sectoral opportunities and approaches
- Technological innovation and green growth
- Employment and poverty reduction
- Social innovation and welfare and political economy dimensions of green growth
- International economic cooperation and green growth
GGGI’s research focuses on the economic aspects of green growth in which there is the greatest need for additional research particularly as perceived by senior economic policymakers (e.g., chief economic advisers and finance, economy and planning ministries) and leading growth economists in developing and emerging countries. This is the community that ultimately needs to be persuaded if the prevailing growth and development model is to be transformed. Thus, GGGI does not focus its efforts on purely or primarily environmental topics.
Some of GGGI’s research is generated primarily by in-house researchers and draws heavily on GGGI’s green growth planning and implementation experience in developing and emerging countries. Other research is conducted in partnership with leading economic policy institutes and research centers in both developing and advanced countries, especially on more theoretical and technology-focused issues.
The main targeted outcome from GGGI’s Research Program is relevant, high-quality research that explores the potential of green growth and provides practical guidance to policymakers, especially in developing and emerging countries.