The last fifty years have
seen remarkable progress in
prosperity in large parts of the world, notably much of East Asia.
Other regions, such as Africa and South Asia, continue to face
significant challenges. Historically, development has tended to follow
the energy intensive paths established by Europe and North America. In
many respects these paths are now unsustainable and the challenge
becomes one of reconciling global equity and sustainability.
at the Open University, mainly centred within the Development Policy
and Practice group, ranges from energy and climate change policy for
East Africa; the effects of globalisation on commodities in a
sub-Saharan Africa context; through to the potential for hydroelectric
deployment in Western Africa.
information on OU energy and international development research, please
contact Professor Giles Mohan (Professor of International Development):