Daten zum Projekt

Green Transformations in the Global South (GreeTS): Opening the Black-Box of a Pro-Active State and the Management of Sustainability Trade-Offs in Costa Rica and Vietnam

Initiative: Europe and Global Challenges
Bewilligung: 07.07.2015
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


The GreeTS research group analyzes the conditions, forms and implications of policy changes in the land-use and energy fields in Costa Rica and Vietnam. The project starts from the puzzling observation that these two countries from the global South with different political systems in terms of their state-society relations and historical records of national green politics have both produced ambitious formal commitments towards substantial green transformations across the economic, ecological and social dimensions. Thus GreeTS (1) analyzes the role of different change agents in this process, (2) asks under which conditions formal commitment is actually turned into substantial action and (3) traces trade-offs and barriers at various scales towards effective policy implementation. Special attention is being paid to the role of national elites, state bureaucracies and state-society relations. On the basis of these insights, the research group will also formulate policy relevant conclusions and recommendations.


  • Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer

    Technische Universität Darmstadt
    Fachbereich 2 - Gesellschafts- und
    Institut für Politikwissenschaft

  • Dr. Guillermo A. Navarro

    Tropical Agricultural Research and
    Higher Education Center (CATIE)
    Forest Program
    Natural Resource Economics and Policy
    Edificio Wallace
    Costa Rica

  • Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh

    Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
    Institute of Sociology

  • Dr. Frauke Urban

    School of Oriental and African Studies
    University of London

  • Dr. Vladimir Valera

    Tropical Agricultural Research and
    Higher Education Center (CATIE)
    Forest Policy and Economic
    Production and Conservation in Forests Programme
    Cartago, Turrialba
    Costa Rica