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Faculty: Calestous Juma
This course examines the role of technological innovation in sustainability, focusing on the current international efforts to foster "green economies." It explores the relationships between contemporary innovation and ecological disruptions. While new technology is seen by some as an important source of economic productivity and global competitiveness, others point to the potential risks that such technologies pose to human health and the environment. However, the same techniques have the potential to contribute to ecological management. The course examines the political economy implications of new technological applications for sustainable development, drawing from specific case studies. It covers the following themes: (1) theoretical and historical aspects of technology and sustainability; (2) interactions between environment and development; and (3) the role of innovation policy in addressing ecological challenges, with particular emphasis on transnational relations and institutions. Training in natural or engineering sciences in not a requirement.