Wind energy, knowledge creation and multilevel governance

The Spanish wind energy rise. Pathways of knowledge creation in a multilevel environmental governance system

PhD Dissertation 2015 Cristian Matti

My DPhil research project analyses the long term pathways of knowledge creation within and across a multilevel environmental governance system. Emphasis will be put in the strategies for pursuing energy security of supply and for supporting renewable industry in Spain by considering areas of technology development and environmental policy through networks articulation.
The study focuses on mechanism for knowledge creation as part of government and industry response to the current multilevel framework on energy and environment. In doing so, this research seeks to identify the major contributors to the emergent knowledge base, be they individuals, research organizations, governmental agencies or firms. Finally, it will analyze the reasons behind differences in performance among Spanish regions.
This research will try to identify key environmental policy and technology factors that contributed to the development of wind energy sector in Spain. Emphasis will be put in the implementation pattern of policy instruments that facilitated pathways to develop renewables energy regionally as well as the extent to which the recombination of existing knowledge and new forms of organization within and across the value chain affected emergent technological capacity.
Theoretically, the research seeks to contribute to the understanding of the development of an emergence sector among a multilevel governance context but putting particular emphasis on interaction and interdependences within and across areas of technical development and environmental policy. It also aims to get a better understanding of processes of adaptation and integration of polices (emanating from higher hierarchical levels) to local context as a strategic response to face new challenges and opportunities.

UNFCC and Climate Change mitigation measures in Argentina

Second National Communication of the Argentina to the United Nation Convention for the Climate Change

The project was a mayor advance for Argentina in term of the design and evaluation of technological and non-technological measures to mitigate the effect of climate change. It was funded by the World Bank and supervised by experts of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and delegates of United Nation Convention for the Climate Change (UNFCC).

This project was my first multidisciplinary experience. I joined multidisciplinary teams of architect, engineers, and geographers, GIS experts and sociologist to explore different projects and policy measures in two exiting areas: transport and energy efficiency in building. I have learnt a lot on methodologies for project evaluation and estimation of CO2 emissions but I also got a critical view of the economist in this kind of analysis.
The experience boosted my enthusiasm to learn more on multi-inter-trans and cross disciplinary studies on climate change. It was the seed and then, I started to think in Europe.

UNFCC website – Full document (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in Transportation (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in energy efficiency (Spanish)

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