Project 5b – Systematic approaches to low-carbon transitions

Project staff: Tim Foxon, Julia Steinberger, Peter Taylor and Jonathan Busch

The project is focussing on the elements of an industrial strategy for a low-carbon transformation, given the current policy importance of this issue and the role of securing industrial opportunities for UK and other national economies in influencing the pace of a low-carbon transition. The research is drawing on and contributing to recent academic thinking on innovation systems, mission-oriented innovation and industrial transformation to examine systemic, co-evolutionary changes in industrial systems (Foxon, 2011). This is being pursued through theoretical and empirical case study analysis.


Busch, J (2016), How to build a low-carbon industrial strategy, The Conversation, July 20, 2016

Foxon, T J, Taylor, P and Busch, J (2016), Written evidence to House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Inquiry on Industrial Strategy,%20Energy%20and%20Industrial%20Strategy/Industrial%20strategy/written/38919.html

Foxon, T J, Taylor, P and Busch, J (2017), Designing Industrial Strategy for a Low-Carbon Transformation, CCCEP Working Paper

Ongoing research:

An in-depth case study is being undertaken to examine the factors affecting the decision of Siemens to site their wind turbine manufacturing plant at Green Port in Hull and associated developments, in order to assess the lessons for implementing a UK low-carbon industrial strategy.

This will lead to a further journal paper and policy brief.